Police in Nigeria have confirmed the arrest and detention of two nationals of neighbouring Niger for attempting to sell a five-year-old girl.
The girl's biological father was arrested along with his alleged accomplice following a tip off.
The men had placed a price tag of $46,000 on the little girl’s head, the Sokoto State Police Command in north-east Nigeria told the local media on Tuesday.
The girl, whose name is being withheld by the police, was placed under protective custody.
The state’s Commissioner of Police Alhaji Mohammed Abubakar explained that the two accused persons had since confessed to the crime.
“They were alleged to have brought the girl for sale in Nigeria to a yet-to-be identified buyer,” the commissioner said.
Mr Abubakar explained that investigations were on course and a manhunt had been launched to track down the would-be-buyer.
In a related development, Liberian police have announced that they were grappling with similar incidents that continue to occur in the country in the aftermath of a civil war.
Such an incident happened in November last year when a man was arrested in the capital, Monrovia, as he attempted to sell off the last of his seven children.
He had placed a price tag of $5,000 for his little son, and argued that he was selling the boy to be able to pay off his debts.