A 24-year-old nursing mother, Esther Moses Abraham, whose husband sold their two-year-old son for N150,000 last week, has appealed to the police to locate and bring back her child. Esther said all she wanted now was her son, Elisha. She urged the police to do everything possible to trace her son’s buyer.
According to her, since the bizarre discovery she has not been able to sleep well.
Speaking with our correspondent at the State Criminal Investigation Department (SCID) in Calabar, Cross River State, at the weekend, the mother of two said even if her husband, Moses Udoh Abraham, was imprisoned, it would not bring back her son.
Esther explained that she had suffered for him as her husband was in the habit of not taking care of them.
She said: “All I want is to see my son and I am appealing to the police to help trace the buyer of my son. I have not been able to sleep and I cannot even eat. I have been crying and people keep telling me not to cry again. I want to see my son because I suffered for him.”
Narrating how her husband deceived her to take Elisha, her first son to Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, for sale Esther said: “It was on Monday, July 24, this year. I was lying down on the bed when he came to wake me up that I should go to my mother’s place at Etta Agbo.
I told him that I didn’t have transport money to go anywhere and I also told him that I was hungry.
“My husband went and borrowed N50 from somebody and gave it to me to go to my mother’s place but I used the money to buy garri to eat. He said he wanted to me go to my mother’s place because he was travelling to Akwa Ibom State.
I asked him if he was coming back that same day and he answered in the affirmative.
At this point, Elisha was within the compound, so I didn’t know how he managed to take him out.
“When I had finished taking my bath, I asked for Elisha within the compound and one boy said Elisha was outside.
He ran outside but did not see him. At that point, I started crying and shouted and my husband’s brother, who is also living in the compound, asked me what was the problem and I said I had not seen Elisha.”
Esther added that when she called her husband to tell him that their son was missing; the man denied that he knew anything about it, prompting a search around the streets surrounding their house.
She said: “I went to Asuquo Nyong and Twins streets with other children, up to St. Benard where my husband always stays and drinks.
People said they have not seen him. I shouted again and called him on the phone that I have not seen the child. I asked if he knew anything about the whereabouts of the boy; he still denied.
Even the brother also called him.” The woman appealed to security agents to trace the Elisha’s buyer. According to Esther, Elisha is everything to her.