Woman Exchange 4-year-old Daughter as Collateral for $0.28 Debt

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A woman identified as Mrs . Veronica Igwe , 38 , has reportedly offered her four -year -old daughter , Uloma Igwe , to her creditor as collateral for her N100 debt ($0.28).

Briefing newsmen in Abakaliki , Ebonyi State on Thursday, the Desk Officer in charge of Child Abuse /Maltreatment Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development , Mrs . Cecilia Elom , said the ministry received an emergency call on Tuesday , informing them that Veronica had exchanged her four -year – old daughter because of her inability to settle N 100 debt .

Elom said immediately her office received the report , officials of the ministry rushed to the CAS campus of Ebonyi State University Abakaliki , where the alleged creditor, Mrs . Josephine Nwali , resides .

“On reaching the residence , we saw little Uloma Igwe with another seven -year – old boy hawking . On interrogation , they confessed to have been lured into hawking by Mrs . Josephine Nwali who they were living with.

“Uloma ’s mother , Veronica , informed our officials that she did not even know the woman she gave her child to .”

Veronica said she had “business transaction ” with Mrs . Josephine Nwali at the Rice Mill Abakaliki in August 2017 , where she bought some items from her , after which she owed her N 100 .

Veronica said she then suggested to her debtor that she could bring one of her children in exchange for the debt .

She maintained that she did not know the residence of the woman she handed her daughter to , but that the transaction took place at the rice mill where they do daily rice transactions .

Elom said the Igwes hail from Okposi Umuoghara in Ezza North Local Government Council of Ebonyi tate ; while Mrs . Josephine Nwali hails from Okoffia in Ezza South Local Government Area of the state .

“Officials of the Ministry of Women Affairs invited Mrs . Josephine Nwali to the Office , from where she was handed over to the Ebonyi State Police Command for interrogation ,” Elom said .

Meanwhile , the Ministry of Women Affairs has concluded arrangement to take little Uloma Igwe to hospital for proper medical treatment .

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