By Marcel Samuel
Operatives of the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad of the Lagos State Police Command has arrested a couple on Treasure Palace Close, in Igando area Lagos, for allegedly harbouring pregnant women and selling the newborn babies.
The couple, Adeola Adebayo, 50, and Binta Adebayo were arrested on Sunday, while three victims, pregnant women allegedly took into illegal custody by the couple were freed by the Police.
The victims were identified as Onome Oputi, 25, Precious Emmanuel, 27, and Favour Osikwemeh, 19.
Police investigation revealed that the couple had sold several babies and had planned to exploit the expectant mothers upon delivery.
However, the suspects who were paraded on Tuesday at the Command headquarters by the State Commissioner of Police, Imohimi Edgal said they were not running a baby factory. Binta said the pregnant women found were workers in a shop where she sold drinks wholesale.
She said one of the women there is her daughter-in-law who has been living with her for over four years adding that she has two grandchildren, how come she didn’t sold them if she sell babies.
Meanwhile, the State Commissioner of Police, Edgal Imohimi explained that the suspects usually sold children without their mothers` consent, adding that they would be handed over to the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) for prosecution.
“During the raid, three young women were rescued. They are Favour Osikwemeh, 19, (seven months pregnant), Precious Emmanuel, 27, (Seven months pregnant) and Onome Puti, 25, (nine months pregnant).
“They harboured young pregnant ladies until they are delivered of their babies, after which these babies are taken from them and sold without the consent of the young mothers, they would all be haded over to NAPTIP for care, while the couple will be prosecuted“, CP Imohimi said.