A 49 year old Guinean national, identified by Police as Abdullai Sellah, has been apprehended in Gbarnga by the Women and Children Protection Section of the Liberia National Police Detachment for attempting to sell his 5 year-old stepson Amos Kruah for US$19,000.
According to Inspector Ayouba Sheriff the Commander of the Women and Children Protection Section, Abdullai Sellah, a resident of Gbarnga, was arrested on Wednesday morning September 21, through the assistance of one Pewee Zayzay, with whom suspect Sellah had negotiated to sell the boy.
Inspector Sheriff explained that Zayzay, who expressed interest in buying the boy, had earlier informed the Commander of the Crime Services Division, Inspector J. Kelenso Flomo, about the deal with Sellah.
Sheriff said law enforcement personnel were posted at the famous ONE + ONE Business Center where the deal was scheduled to take place and during the transaction, police officers took the suspect into custody.
Inspector Sheriff told the Daily Observer that suspect Sellah revealed that he planned to sell the boy to buy a car that could raise money for him to build a house in his native Guinea.
According to a Police charge sheet, suspect Sellah admitted attempting to sell the child because he has been living in hardship for a very long period of time.
Police accounts revealed that Sellah started the negotiation with Pewee Zayzay in August of this year.
Suspect Sellah told police during preliminary investigation that he and the child’s mother, identified as Lucia Kruah, have lived together for the past three years in Ganta.
He said Lucia promised to buy him a car, but the promise never materialized.
Police investigations further established that the suspect took the child in the absence of the mother, who had gone to sell at the Ganta General Market.
“He told occupants in the house that he was bringing the boy to Gbarnga to send him to school since the mother was busy with her market, and no one (was available) to take care of him,” Inspector Sheriff said.
Meanwhile, the child’s mother has praised the Liberia National Police Bong County Detachment and those whose timely intervention exposed Sellah’s plan to sell her son. She informed our reporter that she has terminated her relationship with the suspect.
Meanwhile, Sellah has been charged with kidnapping and human trafficking and is expected to be tried on a date to be announced in Gbarnga.