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Mother Sells 18 Months Old Baby For N600,000 To Offset Debts

A 33-year-old woman, identified as Olaide Adekunle, allegedly sold her 18 months old baby girl at the rate of Six Hundred Thousand (₦600,000) to a yet to be identified buyer. 

The suspect told the Police that she borrowed money from a Microfinance bank, so when the bank agents started threatening her for a refund she had to sell her baby.

The suspect was arrested after her husband, Nureni Rasaq, reported at Sango Divisional Headquarters that his wife left home for Lagos State on the 15th of March 2023 with their baby girl, only to return without her.

He further said that all efforts to know what happened to the baby proved abortive.

Ogun State Command Spokesperson, SP Abimbola Oyeyemi, in a statement on Monday, said the suspect only revealed what transpired after the DPO Sango Division, CSP Dahiru Saleh, arrested her.

He said: “On interrogation, the suspect confessed that she had sold the baby to someone in Lagos at the rate of six hundred thousand naira (₦600,000).

“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. 

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