Grandma, mother sell new­born baby for N250,000 in La­gos

The Punch - - NEWS - Sam­son Fo­larin

o PERATIVES of the Zone 2 Po­lice Com­mand, onikan, La­gos, have started in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the al­leged traf­fick­ing of a day old baby on Jakande Es­tate, in the os­hodi Isolo area of La­gos State.

PUNCH Metro learnt that the baby was taken from the mother, Bless­ing Em­manuel, by the grand­mother, Pa­tience, on the day he was born.

He was re­port­edly handed over to one Ijeoma okechukwu, a for­mer neigh­bour of the Em­manuels on Shola Adewunmi Street.

A few days af­ter okechukwu took the baby, she was said to have paid Bless­ing and her mother N250,000.

our cor­re­spon­dent learnt that 22-year-old Bless­ing told res­i­dents that her baby was dead.

She later opened up to a church mem­ber, Com­fort og­wuebu, who helped her fam­ily with ac­com­mo­da­tion, that her child was with okechukwu.

og­wuebu re­port­edly alerted po­lice­men from the Zone 2 Po­lice Com­mand, who ar­rested the sus­pect and re­cov­ered the child.

The woman, who is a lawyer, told our cor­re­spon­dent dur­ing a pa­rade on Tues­day that she was ini­tially told that the baby died from con­vul­sion and epilepsy.

She said, “I as­sisted her fam­ily to se­cure ac­com­mo­da­tion in an un­com­pleted build­ing be­side my house on the es­tate. Some­time in oc­to­ber, Bless­ing’s brother an­nounced that her sis­ter had been de­liv­ered of a baby boy and I re­joiced with him. In the evening, I saw her mother and con­grat­u­lated her. But she gave me a stare and left. I won­dered if I said any­thing wrong.

“The next Sun­day, I saw the daugh­ter in church and apol­o­gised for not com­ing to greet the baby in the house. She said there was no baby. I asked if the baby died, but she said her mother took the baby from her. She said he was with her aunt who fed him with milk and wa­ter. I was sus­pi­cious.

“A week later, her mother called me and apol­o­gised for her re­ac­tion when I con­grat­u­lated her. She said af­ter Bless­ing was de­liv­ered of the baby, she (Bless­ing) was sick and even the baby was as small as a rat. She said the baby was so ill that he had to be taken to a herbal cen­tre where they said he had epilepsy and con­vul­sion. She

Photo: Sam­son Fo­larin

• The sus­pects and the baby

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