International Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA) has canvassed for a death penalty for anyone convicted of either selling or buying babies.
The body’s Edo State chairperson, Mrs Maria Edeko, made the call in Benin City at the end of the year party for the privileged and underprivileged in the state.
She said that a bill is being prepared by FIDA to be presented to the National Assembly on the issue.
Edeko asked those who are unable to have children of their own to explore several legal means of doing so, adding that the acts of buying and selling babies is a crime and against the will of God.
According to her, children should be protected, cared for, and nurtured by their parents, especially mother, and not be put on sale.
She said, “We can actually adopt children through legal means, such as it is being practiced in some other countries of the world.
“In these countries, we have a new jurisprudence which is called surrogacy. You can enter into an agreement with somebody to have a child for you, especially when you are unable to.
“This method or any other legal ones can be adopted, instead of hiding behind the markets or lurking around street corners, to buy and sell babies.
“The act of buying and selling children is not only a crime, but also against the will of God. Children should be protected, cared for and nurtured by their parents, especially mothers, and should never be put up for sale.’’