Lagos Police smash baby trafficking syndicate, recover a week old baby
The Lagos Police command on Sunday said it has smashed a baby trafficking syndicate and recovered a week old baby from it.
DSP Bala Elkana, the Police Public Relations Officer, in a statement, said one Gift Michael, 24, and Florence Doughlas, 50, were apprehended for buying and selling of babies.
He said that investigations revealed that Douglas, a native of Igueben, Edo, who is not a registered nurse operates two maternity clinics, Flofidel Clinic and Maternity Homes.
Elkana said that Douglas has branches in Alimosho Local Government Area of the state.
“She has admitted to being in the business of the sales of babies for a while.
“She revealed that a baby girl is referred to as ‘PINK’ while a baby boy is called ‘BLUE’; and are both referred to as ‘MARKET’.
“She further confessed that the week old male baby found in her custody at Jakande Gate, Ejigbo, was brought to her from Gombe, enroute Akure and was to be sold for N500,000,” he said.
The DSP said that there were pictures of about 50 different babies suspected to have already been sold off in the phone of the suspect.
“Babies are usually sold between N500,000 and N1 million depending on their sex,” he said.
Elkana said that the State Criminal Investigation Department, Panti, Yaba has taken over the investigation of the case.
“Investigation is ongoing and other members of the syndicate will be apprehended,” he said.
In another development, Policemen attached to Raiders State CID, Panti, Yaba, have arrested two notorious male armed robbery suspects.
Elkana said that the robbery suspects named Seyi Ogundele, 36, aka ‘Spartacus’ and Ogunmola Akintola, 30, aka ‘T-90’ were arrested at their hideout at Coker junction by NNPC road in Ejigbo.
“The suspects have been involved in series of armed robberies within Ejigbo and environs. Investigation is ongoing and the suspects will be charged to court,” Elkana said. (NAN)