The Lagos State Police Command has arrested a woman accused of selling her two-year-old daughter for N50,000 in the Badagry area of the state.
The suspect, Grace Onome, was arrested alongside four other accomplices, who allegedly aided the sale of the girl, on Saturday, following a tip off.
Punch Newspaper gathered that Grace – a commercial sex worker in the Mobil area of Badagry – allegedly sold her daughter, Zainab, to another sex worker, identified only as Endurance.
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Speaking on the condition of anonymity, a police source at the division said operatives were on the trail of Endurance in order to rescue Zainab.
The source said: “It was on Saturday that Grace (Onome) and Endurance had the transaction. They are both commercial sex workers in the area.
“Endurance gave Zainab’s mother N50,000, before taking the girl away. The mother said she used the money to buy a few things for herself.
“The fleeing buyer is of no fixed address. But the police are on her trail.”
Another source disclosed that the four accomplices arrested with Grace were released on bail that same Saturday.
Confirming the incident, the Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, SP Dolapo Badmos, said efforts were ongoing to track the suspected buyer of the girl.
She said, “The mother has been arrested and she confessed to be a commercial sex worker. Effort is ongoing to track the fleeing suspected buyer and the child.”
Meanwhile, Ebenezer Omejalile, a child rights’ worker, said a request had been made to the police to have the case transferred to the Gender Unit, Lagos State Police Command, Ikeja, for more investigation.
He said, “Child rights’ workers in the Badagry area are monitoring the case. It is being investigated by the surveillance section of the police division.
“The woman is a commercial sex worker and she sold the girl to a fellow commercial sex worker, who fled with the girl to a yet-to-be-ascertained location to resell her.
“We want the matter to be transferred to the gender unit of the police in Ikeja, where proper investigation will be done.
“We are worried that the victim has yet to be rescued by the police. Our contact persons in the Badagry area have been detailed to work with the police, and they will follow up on that matter.”