The Lagos StatePolice Command has arrested four women Fausat Ogidan, Abibat Oresanya, Bola Obajuruwa and Idiyat Abass on Sunday, June 6, after a tip-off for allegedly abducting and selling a nine-year-old girl, identified simply as Blessing, for N650,000.
Ogidan, who was with the nine-year-old girl, and collected the sum on behalf of others, was arrested in the Gbagada area of Lagos. Punch correspondent gathered that the 51-year-old woman, who is married with four children, had arranged to sell the girl and on that Sunday.
Further investigations revealed that the girl was given to Ogidan by Obajuruwa, commonly known as Iya Alaje, who lives in the Suberu Street, Alakuko area of Lagos.
Iya Alaje also confessed that she had told Ogidan to sell the girl for N350,000 before she was caught.
She said, “I used to sell herbs in the Agege Market. I told Fausat (Ogidan) to sell the girl forN350,000, but Fausat added N300,000 as her own profit. The girl was sold to me by Idiyat (Abass) and her elder sister, Abibat.
“I bought her from them for N130,000. They said they were going to give the money to the girl’s mother who wanted to get rid of her because of poverty.”
Obajuruwa, when arrested, had led the police to Abass and Oresanya, who got the girl from her parents and connived to sell her.