The Federal High Court sitting in Calabar yesterday sentenced 31-year-old Ifeanyi Kelvin Okorogu to three years in prison for attempting to sell a three-day-old baby.
Okorogu was arrested in December by the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP).
The charge sheet signed by Unimwen Aigbeze, of NAPTIP accused Okorogu of trying to sell the baby of a 16-year-old girl to Angela Tokees Nwaelechi, on December 1.
The offence is punishable under Section 29 of the Trafficking in Persons (Prohibition) Enforcement and Administration Act, 2015.
Justice Inyang Ekwo sentenced Okorogu to two years on the first count and one year on the second.
He said both sentences would run concurrently.
Okorogu’s lawyer Cosmos Obinna urged the court to temper justice with mercy.
He said the accused was a first-time offender, with no criminal record.
The lawyer pleaded that Okorogo has an unemployed wife, two children and an aged mother, who will suffer if he is incarcerated.
He said Okorogu had learnt from his mistake and would not commit such again.