33-year-old woman arrested for selling 18 months old child to pay bank loan
By Kolawole Olayinka, Abeokuta
A 33 years old woman, Olaide Adekunle has been arrested by men of the Ogun State Police Command for selling her 18 months old baby at the rate of N600,000 to yet to be identified buyer.
This was contained in a statement by Abimbola Oyeyemi, Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Ogun State Command.
Oyeyemi explained that the suspect was arrested following a complaint lodged at Sango Divisional Headquarters by the woman’s husband, one Nureni Rasaq, who reported that his wife, Olaide Adekunle, left home to Lagos on the 15th of March 2023 with their baby girl by name Moridiat Rasaq, but returned home without her.
He stated further that all efforts to know what happened to the baby proved abortive as the woman was unable to give any reasonable account of her whereabouts.
Upon the report, the DPO Sango Division, CSP Dahiru Saleh, detailed his detectives to go after the said woman, and she was promptly arrested.
“On interrogation, the suspect confessed that she has sold the baby to someone in Lagos at the rate of N600,000.
When asked the reason for her action, she stated that she borrowed money from a microfinance bank, and when she was unable to pay back the money, the bank agents started dragging her and threatening to deal decisively with her.
It was consequence upon this that she ran to Lagos and started hawking sachet water.
It was while hawking that she met a man who introduced her to the woman that eventually bought the child in Lagos.
Meanwhile the acting Commissioner of Police, DCP Babakura Muhammed, has directed that the suspect be transferred to the state Criminal Investigation Department for further investigation and possible recovery of the baby.