Police arrest woman for allegedly selling own baby for N600,000

THE Ogun State Police command has arrested a 23-year-old woman (name withheld) for allegedly selling her three-week-old baby for N600,000.

Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) for the command, Abimbola Oyeyemi, a Superintendent of Police, disclosed this in a statement issued in Abeokuta yesterday.

According to Oyeyemi the suspect was arrested on Thursday, August18 following a complaint from the baby’s father at the Mowe Police Divisional Headquarters in Ogun.

The PPRO said the baby’s father reported that he was dating the suspect, she became pregnant and he rented an apartment for her where she lived until she gave birth to a baby boy.

“He explained that the suspect suddenly disappeared with the baby from the apartment three weeks after delivery only for her to be found in a hotel where she had gone to hookup with another man. All efforts to know where the baby was proved futile,” Oyeyemi said.

He added that the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) Mowe, SP Folake Afeniforo, detailed detectives to the scene and the suspect was arrested.

“On interrogation, the suspect confessed that she had sold the baby for N600,000 to someone in Anambra State. On further interrogation the suspect said her friend led her to the buyer and they shared the money equally. The friend had been arrested and she corroborated the suspect’s claims.

The Commissioner of Police, Lanre Bankole, has ordered the transfer of the two suspects to the Anti- Human Trafficking and Child Labour Unit of the State Criminal Investigation Departments (SCID)for further investigation. He also directed that efforts be intensified to recover the baby,” the PPRO stated.

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