Police rescue three-year-old girl sold to three buyers for N600,000
Operatives of the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad, Lagos State Police Command have arrested a female apprentice, Grace John, who abducted her boss’ three-year-old daughter, a month ago in Alagbado area of Lagos. The little girl, Oluwasemilore Adebiyi, was found in Abia State, where she was sold for N600,000.
It would be recalled that her mother, Mrs. Oluwatobiloba Adebiyi, had allowed her baby to follow the newly engaged apprentice, Grace, who was going to buy snacks, after efforts to pacify the wailing child failed.
But apprehension set in moments later after an endless wait without any sight of Grace and her baby. Grace could not be reached on her phone as it was switched off.
Since her abduction, the distraught parents were not contacted for any ransom, to suggest that their daughter could have been kidnapped, until the arrest of Grace at the weekend by the anti-robbery squad operatives.
According to a police source, “we used Grace as a bait to get the first buyer in Onitsha, Anambra State. Grace was arrested in Badagry area of Lagos. She led us to where the child was rescued unhurt in Onitsha.
“She called the woman she sold the baby to on phone, informing her that she had another child to sell. The woman came to meet her at a bus stop, where she was apprehended. The first suspect led us to another person she sold the child to for N500,000 in Awka, who in turn, led us to the third buyer whom they sold the child to for N600,000. The third buyer was also on the verge of selling the child to the forth buyer when she was rescued. So far three persons have been arrested.”
As at 5:00p.m. yesterday, Oluwasemilore’s elated parents were still at the Abia State Police Command. Speaking with newsmen, her father, Mr. Elesh Adebiyi, said: “We give God praise and also thank The Guardian for the assistance rendered. Our daughter is hale and hearty. Only that they cut her hair.
“Before she was abducted, she plaited her hair. Aside that, she is okay. We are grateful to the FSARS and the Nigeria Police in general. This feat has further reaffirmed my confidence in our police.”