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Babies Are Being Sold – $4000 for Girls /$5000 for Boys! Al Jazeera reports “Nigeria’s Baby Farmers” | Watch on Africa Investigates



Children and family are intrinsic parts of the Nigerian culture, and as such a lot of people go to extreme lengths to ensure that they get children.

So how far will a Nigerian go to get a baby? Well, international news organization Al Jazeera has aired an episode on its “Africa Investigates” programme – focusing on what it tags “Nigeria’s Baby Farmers”.

The Al Jazeera journalists who went undercover for this report posed as a couple who have been trying to have children for 12 years. Armed with hidden cameras, they visited orphanages trying “to find out how easy it is to buy a child illegally, with no questions asked. They are offered a baby at Destiny’s Child orphanage in Ulakwo by Ada Ezeoyi, for $4 000 for a girl or $5000 for a male child.
They are also offered a baby by Basic Clinic and Maternity Home in Imo State, owned by Doctor Ohaeri. They are asked for a similar figure.

Please read an excerpt of the report below:

In this deeply disturbing episode of Africa Investigates, Ghana’s undercover journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas and investigative reporter Rosemary Nwaebuni team up to identify and expose some of those those behind Nigeria’s heart-breaking baby trade.It is a scam that exploits couples desperate for a baby and young pregnant single mothers – often stigmatised in a country where abortion is illegal except in the most dire medical emergency.

Filming undercover, the team find bogus doctors and clinics offering spurious fertility treatments in return for large amounts of money. In their guise as a childless couple, Anas and Rosemary are falsely diagnosed by one dodgy clinician as being unable to conceive children.

When the footage is reviewed by an official from Nigeria’s Ministry of Health, he is appalled at the way vulnerable people are being conned. “You should not allow these people access to the public,” he says.

But worse is to come. The team go on to uncover orphanages and clinics that act as brokers for illegal baby sales, by which naive, greedy or simply desperate young mothers are “persuaded” to hand over their newborn children for cash.

Watch the full documentary here:

Read the full report of this truly disturbing situation HERE on Aljazeera


  1. Tee

    December 3, 2015 at 7:41 pm

    I love this guy’s s work, may God continue to strengthen him. My only criticism is the ending, you should have followed the investigation through showing their arrest (of course not you personally). Only God knows if the police actually bothered to arrest these criminals.

  2. Lotusflower

    December 3, 2015 at 8:26 pm

    Sick. Who wants to bet that the fake doctor in the opening scene is still practicing in his fake clinic?
    Must Nigerians use God to justify their disgusting behavior? Two of the nurses were thanking God for helping the couple by bringing them into illegal baby-selling clinics. SMH.

  3. Dayo

    December 3, 2015 at 8:52 pm

    Anytime i read a story like i fell sad,i heard of someone just gave birth at 47 i was overjoy but when i got to know that the hospital she used was in porthacout and she paid 1.5m,i knew something is fishing.
    When is this malicious act is going to end in Nigeria?
    Only God knows.

    • L

      December 4, 2015 at 4:02 am

      On this PH thing, my aunt in her early 50s also gave birth in a PH hospital two years back. They provided herbal stuffs that aided conception after being married for 24years with no child. I had 1% doubt too since she went all the way to PH to have d baby, but I keep re-assuring myself that there is nothing fishy because I saw her bare stomach during pregnancy, and even felt the baby kick. Plus, the baby looks like her. She said she went all the way to PH to have the baby cos she was more comfortable with the hospital, but that 1% doubt is still there.

  4. Amaka

    December 3, 2015 at 9:57 pm

    Hopelessness is a disease. Why steal when Jesus can do it and I mean every word because He did it for me.

    • Pretty girl

      December 4, 2015 at 12:42 am

      My dear I just tire. Is it that it’s difficult to adopt a child in Nigeria I am scared oh

  5. The experience

    December 3, 2015 at 10:49 pm

    So sad it’s says video is not made available in your country. I want to watch

  6. Vortex

    December 3, 2015 at 10:50 pm

    Even with the knowledge that such unfortunate events go on in our society, this video was still very disturbing. The way those evil retards were referring to babies like pepper and tomatoes for sale. “Another one dey, how do you want it, mell (male) or femell (female)…” Damn!

    One silly goat tried to justify her and her husband’s criminal activities; talking about Jesus being adopted by Joseph (the hell), not wasting children and giving them to capable hands. How? Let’s pretend these creeps have truly altruistic motives and the cash they get doesn’t drive them, how can these idiots tell that these innocent babies won’t end up as ingredients in perverse people’s calabashes or on ritual alters? How can they tell that these kids won’t be turned into sex slaves? What’s the guarantee that they’re giving them better chances at life? Zero background checks and a fat purse? I just…

    I hope the necessary arrests were made. I pray God blesses all those exposing/trying to expose these kinds of atrocities and I really wish the adoption process in Nigeria gets revamped so couples who are truly looking for children can have access to them.

  7. Corolla

    December 4, 2015 at 12:42 am

    Omg….this is sickening.

  8. Tina

    December 4, 2015 at 1:31 am

    Unfortunately people still see adoption as shameful in Nigeria, that’s why a lot of childless couples would rather buy babies in secret than openly adopt. My sister was childless for 12yrs after marriage, you should have seen the way she reacted when I suggested adoption considering how desperately she wanted a child. You would have thought I called her a name worse than barren witch.
    Today she has a child whose circumstance of birth is quite shady to the family. The fear and hope is that she did not result to this evil act out of desperation.

  9. miss Pynk

    December 4, 2015 at 9:49 am

    With all the technological advances in reproductive technology i find it so crazy that people are still willing to buy babies. I watched the show and I was disgusted to say the least. The big hospitals in Lagos at least even run donor and surrogacy programs. So why on earth should anyone resort to this? At the end of the day the costs are similar so what exactly is the issue? All that is if the couple is avoiding the long process of adoption.

    Maybe its a case of mis education. …

  10. Blah blah

    December 4, 2015 at 1:23 pm

    Heard of a woman who bought a baby who turned out to be a midget. Everyone looks at her funny now cos the boy just looks out of place. Such Disgusting practice.

  11. ako

    December 4, 2015 at 9:41 pm

    This is terrible and exploitative. They should all be locked up including the people buying children.

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