2 women nabbed for us­ing ‘bor­rowed’ ba­bies to beg

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Nu­rudeen Oye­wole, La­gos

The mon­i­tor­ing team of the La­gos State Min­istry of Youth and So­cial De­vel­op­ment has res­cued three in­fants and ap­pre­hended two women for us­ing ba­bies less than a month old for alms beg­ging at the Oy­ingbo area.

Ac­cord­ing to a state­ment signed by the Min­istry’s spokesper­son, Mrs Kemi Iko­tunAde­pitan, the ar­rested women, Hadiza Nosiru and Salam­otu Sal­isu had told the mon­i­tor­ing team that they were both na­tives of Ji­gawa State. How­ever, the min­istry said its in­ves­ti­ga­tion re­vealed that the women were not the bi­o­log­i­cal moth­ers of the kids they were us­ing for beg­ging.

The state­ment read in part, “Pre­lim­i­nary in­ves­ti­ga­tion con­ducted by the La­gos State Min­istry of Youth and So­cial De­vel­op­ment has re­vealed that the ba­bies were given out to them by their par­ents who get paid ev­ery day on each baby. One of the bi­o­log­i­cal moth­ers of the in­fants pa­raded at Alausa Ikeja on Thurs­day along­side the three in­fants iden­ti­fied her­self as Tawa Aregbesola from Ibadan and con­fessed that she had an agree­ment with one of the im­per­son­at­ing moth­ers to take her baby for alms beg­ging be­tween 5pm and 7pm daily on the con­di­tion that be­tween N1000 and N1500 would be given to her on re­turn.

The Com­mis­sioner ex­pressed dis­ap­point­ment at the prac­tice of us­ing new-born ba­bies for beg­ging and vowed that the ar­rested women would be pros­e­cuted.

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