Men of the Ogun State Police Command on August 18 arrested a 23 years old lady identified as Mary Olatayo for allegedly selling her three weeks old baby at the rate of six hundred thousand naira.
The suspect was arrested following a complaint from the father of the baby, who reported at Mowe divisional headquarters that he met Mary Olatayo sometime ago and they started dating each other. He told the police that Mary got pregnant in the process and he rented an apartment for her where she lived till she delivered a baby boy.
The distraught father complained further that Mary suddenly disappeared with the baby from the apartment 3 weeks after delivery only for her to be found in an hotel where she had gone for a hookup with another man. He said all efforts to know where the baby is proved futile.
Confirming the incident, SP Abimbola Oyeyemi, spokesperson of the state police command, said in the strength of his complaint, the DPO Mowe division, SP Folake Afeniforo, detailed detectives to the scene where the suspect was arrested and brought to the station.
Oyeyemi said on interrogation, Mary Olatayo confessed to the Police that she sold the baby to someone in Anambra state at the rate of six hundred thousand naira.
She confessed that it was her friend Chioma Esther Ogbonna who led her to the buyer in Anambra state and that they both shared the money equally. Her confession led to the arrest of Chioma Esther Ogbonna who also corroborated Mary’s claims.
Further investigation revealed that, Mary Olatayo a native of Omu- aran in Kwara state is a call girl, who saw the baby as a disturbance to her business hence she decided to do away with the baby. Fortunately for her, she has an accomplice in Chioma a native of Imo state who quickly contacted the buyer in Anambra state.”Oyeyemi said.
The police spokesperson added that the state commissioner of Police, CP Lanre Bankole, has ordered the transfer of the suspects to the anti-human trafficking and child labor unit of the state criminal investigation Departments for further investigation. He added that the Commissioner of Police has directed that everything possible must be done to recover the baby.