A man identified as Yohanna Saidolo has been remanded in prison custody for allegedly selling six of his neighbour's children.
Saidolo allegedly sold the children after taking them from their parents under the guise of enrolling them in a missionary school in Adamawa State.
It was learnt that the suspect deceived and collected his neighbours’ children in Koma village in the Jada Local Government Area of the state.
He reportedly delivered the children to one Madam Lydia of Rhumde-Baru, Jambutu satellite town, Yola, the state capital.
One of the victims’ parents, Markus Anthony, said Saidolo promised to enrol the children in a missionary school in Yola.
“We couldn’t hear from our kids, and they could not come home for any holiday; not even during Christmas,” Anthony lamented.
The parents were said to have reported the matter to the police.
Upon his arrest, Saidolo allegedly confessed to selling off the children.
“I delivered eight children to Madam Lydia, including two of my children,” Saidolo said.
He was arraigned before a Magistrate's Court in Adamawa on Wednesday
The police prosecutor, Ibrahim Aliyu, said the offences were contrary to sections 257 and 259 of the Penal Code Law, 2018.
The Chief Magistrate, Alheri Ishaku, ordered that the suspect be remanded in prison custody pending legal advice from the Directorate of Public Prosecutions.
The whereabouts of the children remain unknown, as the police continue with their investigation.