A couple, Morenike and Shittu, have been arrested for allegedly selling stolen children from Lagos and Oyo states. The suspects were arrested at Mosafote, Unity Road in the Ibafo area of Ogun state after neighbours, who had become suspicious a few months ago, reported to the police. Couple arrested for selling stolen children.
According to reports, neighbours raised the alarm after they noticed that wife, Morenike, would allegedly bring a child home in the evening and take the child away the following day. She was said to have done this on four different occasions, before she was caught with a four-year-old girl. The girl was later found to have been abducted in Ibadan, Oyo State.
Couple arrested for selling stolen children
Residents identified the landlady of the couple as Habibat Oresanya, sister of Shittu. They further claimed that Morenike, whenever she abducted children in Ogun State, takes them to Oyo State, and if it was in Lagos she stole the children, she would move to Oyo State, to sell them.
It was gathered that neighbours started to closely monitor Morenike after she brought in a four-year-old girl about 9p.m. Sunday last week. She had strapped the victim to her back and was leaving the neighborhood when a community leader, Chief Toyeeb Balogun, confronted her.
Balogun said he took Morenike to the palace of Baale of Mosafote for questioning.
He said: “People have been saying that Iya Ahmed (Morenike) bring strange children into the community in the evening and take them away the following day. On Sunday, October 8, she came home with a girl of about five-year-old. The girl looked malnourished. The next day, she left home with her and did not return with her.
“After that incident, some neighbours reported to the baale and he told them to monitor her. Around 12pm on Monday, some residents came to tell me that they saw her leaving the community with another girl. I rushed to meet her and asked her who the girl was. She said she was her sister’s child in Egbeda.
“We took her to the palace. When we got there, she told the baale that the girl’s mother is in Ipaja, Lagos State. We then took her to FSARS in Warewa. Her husband came to the station and told the police that she usually brought the girls from Ilorin (Kwara State).
“They asked him what the children were used for, but he said he did not know. Both of them have been detained. This is the fifth time she would be seen with an unknown child.”
The baale, Chief Sakiru Ademuyiwa, said Morenikeji was asked to call the parents of the girl on the telephone to come to the palace. He explained that he decided to involve the police in the case when the alleged parents did not show up.
Ademuyiwa said: “She called somebody who claimed to be the mother of the girl. The person said she lived in Ipaja. I asked her to come to my palace with the father of the girl. I waited for several hours, but the so-called parents did not show up.
“When she was interrogated by the police, she said the parents of the girl were in Ijebu. But the child told us that she lived with her parents in Agodi, Ibadan, Oyo State. She said her father’s name is TK. I have told the police to handle the matter very well.”