The operatives of the Lagos State Police Command have arrested two women, who allegedly attempted to sell a nine-month-old baby.
The command’s spokesperson, SP Benjamin Hundeyin, disclosed the arrest via a statement issued on Saturday, May 27.
Hundeyin said some residents and the operatives of the Rapid Response Squad (RRS) foiled the crime on Friday, May 26.
He noted that the deal was uncovered in the Oshodi area of Lagos, when one Oge Okolie, aged 25, who was the intermediary between the baby’s mother and the prospective buyer, was arrested on suspicion of stealing the baby.
The police spokesperson added: “Passengers on a public bus noticed ceaseless crying from the baby with Okolie and questioned why she could not breastfeed the child if she was the biological mother.
“The suspect was about to be lynched when RRS operatives quickly stepped in to rescue her as well as the baby.
“Preliminary investigations revealed that the baby’s mother, one Maria Ahmadu, aged 26, allegedly gave her child to Oge to sell. This led to the arrest of the young mother.”
Hundeyin said the suspects and the baby have been transferred to the Gender Unit of the command for further investigation and prosecution.
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