Kanayo Awurum, 29, has been arrested bythe Lagos State Police Command for allegedly selling his son for N450,000 in the Egbe, Ikotun area of the state.He allegedly sold the two-year-old boy, identified as Samuel, to a middle-aged women.Kanayo, who worked as a painter, reportedly lied to his wife, Kelechi, that one of the women was his relative in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, and the boy was going to live with her.It was learnt that the police had apprehended the three women he sold hisson to namely Nkechi Obi, Cecilia Nwatu and Gladys Nwobodo for allegedly buying the child.Kanayo told his friend Emmanuel, who is still at large, that he had some financial difficulties, and wanted to sell his son for N450,000 so the women, who were working with Kanayo’s friend, identified only as Emmanuel, visited the man and his wife to purchase the boy.He added that his plan was to stabilise his family with the money as his wife was pregnant with another child.He said,“I met Kelechi in our secondary school days in 2005.It was in 2010 that we started living together. In December 2012, she gave birth to Samuel.We were then living in Owerri, Imo State. Iwas working as a painter and also acted inmovies.I was an upcoming actor so I was not well paid.“From 2014, I started to have financial difficulties, and I wanted to come to Lagos to hustle.The idea to sell my child came in March 2015 when I finally decided to travel to Lagos.It was a friend, Emmanuel, who linked me to the women.I asked him to lend some money to me and he said I should use what I had to get what I wanted.“I did not tell my wife that I wanted to sell our child.I lied to her that one of the women who came was my elder sister in Port Harcourt and our son was going to stay with her.My wife did not like the idea, but I convinced her that it was for our good.“So, when we came to Lagos, we rented an apartment on Oluwaseyi Street in the Egbe area of Lagos.I was paid N450,000 for the boy.That was what I used to pay for the rent.”Kelechi, 28, said it was when she pesteredKanayo to bring her child home for a visit and the boy was not brought by the ‘relative’ that she suspected a foul play.She said:Samuel was two years and two months old when Kanayo said he was taking him to stay with his sister in Port Harcourt.In April, he went to Owerri for a painting work and promised that his sister would bring Samuel on a visit.On the day he promised, no one showed up.He also failed to come back to Lagos whenhe promised.I then told our landlord and one of his friends in Lagos, called Coach.Then, they agreed to trick my husband to come back home.When he arrived, they began to ask him questions and he later confessed that the boy was not actually with his relative.They went to report the matter at the Ikotun Police Division. That was how he was arrested.”Kanayo led the police to the home of one of the women he got arrested.She said, she paid Kanayo 650k not 450k and she only did itbecause she had a deformed10year old son that her Husband didn’t know about and wanted a male child desperately to bear the family name.‘My boy has the Down syndrome. He could not talk.” She said.The 2 year old Samuel has since been reunited with his Mom.