Ademola Babalola in Ibadan
A fleeing 60-year old woman, Asabi Adebayo, who allegedly purchased five babies in Rivers state at N1 million each, has been arrested by the Oyo state police command.
The babies , according to the state police boss, Leye Oyebade, are (two males and three females) whose ages are two years, eight months, seven months, six months,and four months) respectively.
The suspect, who had perfected plans to fly the babies abroad for sale, was said to have brought the babies to one orphanage home in Ibadan to obtain certified police report for each of the babies when the lid was blown open.
Oyebade, who paraded the suspect and the five babies before newsmen on Thursday at the Eleyele state police Headquarters, Ibadan, explained that the woman would have escaped with her evil plans if not for the patriotic behaviour of the officials of the orphanage who promptly reported the matter at the Iyaganku Police station.
The suspect, Adebayo, who said she hailed from Lagos state, is also a British citizen.
The babies have been taken to the state
Ministry of Women Affairs, Child Welfare for custody, while the suspects was assisting the investigating police officers who were yet to ascertain the true source of the babies.
Also present at the Police Headquarters during the parade were members of various Non-Governmental Organisations (NGO), officials of state Ministry of Women Affairs, and stakeholders in child welfare.
Though, the state Police Commissioner disclosed that police officers have accompanied the suspect to Port-Harcourt where she claimed to have bought the babies for N5million, they have not been able to apprehend those who sold the babies to the suspect.
The Divisional Police Officer (DPO) ,Iyaganku Police Station where the case was reported, one Mr Ojopagogo later narrated how the suspect was arrested and exposed.
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