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Mother sells 18-month-old baby to repay bank loan

An Ogun State-based mother, Olaide Adekunle, has been arrested by the Police for allegedly selling her 18-month-old baby to repay a bank loan.

The 33-year-old mother was arrested by Ogun State policemen after her husband, Nureni Razaq, reported her.

Olaide, who lives in Sango, Ado-Odo/Ota Local Government Area of Ogun State, reportedly took her baby to Lagos to sell for N600,000.

The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, SP, Abimbola Oyeyemi, on Monday, stated that the woman had confessed to the crime and that plans were ongoing to recover the baby.

Oyeyemi said, “Upon the report, the DPO Sango Division, CSP Dahiru Saleh, detailed his detectives to go after the said woman, and she was promptly arrested.

“On interrogation, the suspect confessed that she had sold the baby to someone in Lagos for N600,000.

“When asked the reason for her action, she stated that she borrowed money from a microfinance bank, and when she was unable to pay back the money, the bank agents started dragging her and threatened to deal with her.

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“It was consequent upon this that she ran to Lagos and started hawking sachet water. It was while hawking that she met a man who introduced her to the woman that eventually bought the child in Lagos.”

The PPRO, however, said the acting Commissioner of Police, DCP Babakura Muhammed, had directed that the suspect be transferred to State Criminal Investigation Department for further investigation and possible recovery of the baby.

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