Police detectives in Lagos have uncovered pictures of 50 children suspected to have been stolen and sold at a maternity home at the Ejigbo area of the state after arresting two women that have been posing as nurses.
The fake nurses confessed, after being caught with a baby in an unregistered maternity home in Ejigbo, that the baby was allegedly stolen in Gombe State.
According to the suspects, the stolen babies are allegedly sold between N500, 000 and N1 million and are referred to as ‘market’ while a baby boy is simply termed as colour blue and a baby girl,colour pink.
Lagos State police spokesman, DSP Bala Elkana, told Nationalwire that the women were arrested on August 26, 2019 around 3.30 pm, when a police officer attached to the Motor Traffic Section of Ejigbo Police Division, while controlling traffic at Jakande Gate, Ejigbo, noticed a commotion close to her duty post.
Elkana said that the policewoman intervened and discovered that the brouhaha was about a 24-year-old lady, Gift Michael, who was found with an infant.
“In her company was a ‘Madam’, one Florence Nkem Douglas aged 50years. They were about to be mobbed due to the alarm raised by those who had been trailing them from their residence in Ijegun as the whole community has been suspecting them for long for being in the business of buying and selling of babies in their Maternity Clinic, but for the timely intervention of the traffic policewoman,” Elkana stated.
“The two above named women with the baby were rescued to Ejigbo Divisional Police Headquarters, where an in-depth investigation was conducted.
“Investigation revealed that the said Florence Douglas, a native of Igueben in Edo State, an unregistered nurse operates two maternity clinics named Flofidel Clinic and Maternity Homes with branches in Shosanya Street, I82, Ijegun Road and Okunola Ijagemo areas.
” Upon interrogation, Florence admitted to having been in the business of sales of babies for a while. She revealed that a baby girl is referred to as “PINK” while a baby boy is called “BLUE”, and are both referred to as “MARKET”. She further confessed that the male baby found in their custody at Jakande gate Ejigbo, suspected to be a week old was brought to her from Gombe, en-route Akure and was to be sold for N500, 000.
“The rescued baby who appeared sick with symptoms suspected to be jaundice was promptly taken to the hospital for medical attention.
“Worthy of mention are pictures of about 50 different babies in the phone of the suspect, suspected to have already been sold off. Babies are usually sold between N500, 000 and N1 million depending on their sex.
Meanwhile, the Commissioner of Police in Lagos, Mr Zubairu Muazu, has ordered the State Criminal Investigations and Intelligence Department, Panti, Yaba to take over the investigation and ensure that other members of the syndicate are apprehended