A 42-year-old farmer has been arrested by the Benue state police command for the

The suspect identified as Unogwu Agbese, was arrested after attempting to sell off his friend's five-year-old son in Abuja, Daily Post reports.

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The Command’s Public Relations Officer, Assistant Superintendent, Moses Yamu, said this while parading the suspect at the command on Wednesday, November 16, in Makurdi.

He said: “The father of the abducted five-year-old, Emmanuel Edeh at Apa-Agila reported the case to the police.

“He had reported that his son was, last week, abducted by his friend from the village and taken to Abuja without his parents’ consent.

“However, he ran out of luck and was arrested and the child recovered from him unhurt.”

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Following interrogation into the case, Daily Post reports that the suspect confessed to abducting the child to sell but was forced to return him to his parents as he was unable to find a buyer.

“The boy is my friend’s son. I actually took him to Abuja to sell him, but I couldn’t find any buyer or anyone that could connect me to a buyer. So I brought him back to the village and his parents arrested me,” he said.

The PPRO also disclosed the arrest of a pastor, 41-year-old man, Raphael Igye, for alleged human trafficking.