Police Nab Suspected Criminals over Child Abduction in Yaba

INSIDEMAINLAND– The Lagos State Police Command confirmed the arrest of two female suspects in connection with a baby’s disappearance at the State Criminal Investigation Department in Yaba on Tuesday.

SP Benjamin Hundeyin, the state Police Public Relations Officer, revealed that the baby had yet to be found.

According to reports, a police officer assigned to the SCID, Samuel Ukpabio, kidnapped the child from his mother, Fortune Obafuoso, while claiming to be acting on behalf of a government ministry.

Obafuoso stated that on Friday, December 23, 2022, when she gave birth to her baby, a police officer arrested her and took her and her children, including the newborn, to the SCID on the charge that she wanted to sell the baby, which she denied.

The 35-year-old explained that Ukpabio took the baby and handed him over to an unidentified woman while interrogating her at the police station.

The cop then gave her N15,000 and threatened her with not returning for the baby.

The police spokesman, Hundeyin, had confirmed the arrest of the policeman.

Providing an update on the matter on Tuesday, he said, “Two ladies have been arrested; the inspector (Ukpabio) mentioned the person he gave the baby to and we arrested that person. The person is in detention now. During interrogation, that person mentioned that she gave the baby to another person and the person has been arrested and detained.

“Both of them have not denied collecting the baby but we still don’t know where the baby is. We are still working and by the end of tomorrow (Wednesday), we should be able to tell where they took the baby to. So, we have a total of three people in detention now; the inspector, and the two ladies.”

Meanwhile, Amnesty International Nigeria Country Director Osai Ojigho said the police’s treatment of Obafuoso was appalling, adding that justice must be served and the baby returned.

Ojigho said, “Section 30 of the Child’s Rights Act prohibits the sale of children. The police officer involved in intimidating and harassing the woman seeking the return of her child must be investigated and prosecuted.

“It is disheartening that the police leadership has delayed in doing the right thing. It is important that the child is returned to the mother and the illicit transaction the officer facilitated or acted as an intermediary exposed.”

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