Olaide Adekunle has been apprehended by the Ogun State Police Command for allegedly selling her 18-month-old daughter to an unidentified buyer for N600,000.
According to a statement by the command’s spokesperson, Abimbola Oyeyemi, the 33-year-old woman was arrested following a complaint by her husband, Nureni Rasaq, at Sango divisional headquarters.
Rasaq reported that his wife left home for Lagos on March 15 with their daughter but returned home without her.
He said all efforts to know what happened to their baby yielded nothing as his wife was unable to give any reasonable response.
“Upon the report, the DPO of Sango Division, CSP Dahiru Saleh, detailed his detectives to go after the said woman, and she was arrested.
“On interrogation, the suspect confessed that she had sold the baby to someone in Lagos for 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 threatening to deal decisively with her.”
“It was as a consequence of 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 who eventually bought the child in Lagos,” the police spokesman said.
And the state’s acting Commissioner of Police, DCP Babakura Muhammed, has directed that the suspect be transferred to the State Criminal Investigation Department (SCID) for further investigation.