According to the Ogun State Police Command, a 33-year-old lady was detained for reportedly selling her 18-month-old kid for N600,000 to pay off a bank loan.
According to Abimbola Oyeyemi, the Police spokesman, the event occurred in the Sango-Ota area of the State.
However, police claimed on Monday that they had yet to identify the accused buyer.
Oyeyemi said: “The suspect was arrested following a complaint lodged at the Sango Divisional Headquarters by the woman’s husband, Nureni Rasaq.
“Rasaq reported that his wife, left home to Lagos on March 15, with their baby girl but returned home without the baby.
“He said that all efforts to know what happened to the baby failed because the woman was unable to give any reasonable account of the whereabouts of the baby.”
Following receipt of the report, CSP Dahiru Saleh, Divisional Police Officer, Sango Division, sent his investigators to pursue the woman, who was quickly apprehended.
During questioning, the mother admitted to selling the baby to someone in Lagos for N600,000.
Oyeyemi also stated that when asked why she sold her kid, the suspect stated that she borrowed money from a microfinance bank and when she was unable to repay the money, the bank agents threatened her with legal action.
”She ran to Lagos and started hawking sachet water. It was while hawking that she met a man, who introduced her to the woman who eventually bought the child,” the PPRO added.
The suspect has been sent to the State Criminal Investigation Departments for additional investigation and probable recovery of the infant, according to the Acting Commissioner of Police, DCP Babakura Muhammed.
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