By Olajumoke Idowu
A 33-year-old woman Olaide Adekunle has been arrested by men of Ogun State Police Command for selling her 18-month-old baby at the rate of 600,000 naira to yet to be identified buyer.
The state Police Public Relations Officer, Mr Abimbola Oyeyemi in a statement in Abeokuta said the suspect was arrested following a complaint lodged at Sango divisional headquarters by the woman’s husband, Nureni Rasaq.
According to the statement, the suspect’s husband said his wife, Olaide, left home for Lagos on the 15th of March 2023 with their baby girl but returned home without the baby.
Mr Oyeyemi explained that the suspect confessed to having sold the baby to someone in Lagos, stating that she borrowed money from a microfinance bank and was unable to pay back the money.
He said the suspect explained further that she ran to Lagos and started hawking sachet water because the bank agents were threatening to deal decisively with her.
The Acting Commissioner of Police, Mr Babakura Muhammed, has directed that the suspect be transferred to State Criminal Investigation Department for further investigation and possible recovery of the baby.