The police in Lagos State have arrested a Higher National Diploma undergraduate student of Offa Polytechnic, Kwara State for allegedly selling her three–week–old baby.
The student, identified as Idiat, agreed to sell her baby to Mr and Mrs Ayangbemile for N300,000.
Also arrested is the trado-medical doctor, Onalaja Olawole, who allegedly stole the baby and sold to Mr and Mrs Ayangbemile for N300,000.
The couple had only paid N136,000 out of the money before the bubble on the illicit business got burst.
schoolwatch.com.ng grapevine gathered that the landlord of the Ayangbemiles, who became suspicious when the couple brought in a new baby, alerted the police.
The trado-doctor, however, insisted that that the mother of the baby, Idiat Babatunde, agreed to sell the baby after she had allegedly collected N70,000.
The image maker in charge of the Lagos State police command, Joe Offor, while speaking on the incident, said: “It was an outright sale. Idiat collected the money. The doctor said so, but she denied collecting any money from him. The real amount is N300,000. The childless couple was able to raise N136,000. The trado-doctor gave Idiat N70,000.
Speaking on the matter, Idiat, a Higher National Diploma undergraduate of Offa Polytechnic, Kwara State, said: “I gave birth on September 5, but because of issues of missing script and clearance, I needed to rush down to my school in Kwara State. I left for Kwara on September 12.
“I didn’t want anything to affect my going for the National Youth Service Corps programme. I left my baby with the doctor because he and my husband are friends. I know that his wife had just given birth and she would be able to take care of my baby. I never knew he would sell my baby.”
The trado-medical doctor allegedly admitted collecting money from the couple but insisted that he did not sell the baby and that the money was meant for the paper work of the ‘adoption’ of the baby.
Also, speaking on the incident, Mrs. Ayangbemile said: “I’ve known the doctor since 2013. He had been treating me because I used to have miscarriages. He called me last year that I should adopt, but I said no. Soon after, my husband and I quarreled and separated.
“The doctor called me last week. He said that he had a baby girl for me. I didn’t know that the baby’s mother wasn’t aware of the deal. The doctor said he would prepare papers for us at Alausa, Ikeja,”
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