Police arrest 4 over alleged baby theft in Lagos

The Lagos State Police Command says it arrested four persons, including a couple, over alleged theft of one-- baby.

Spokesman police Lagos, DSP Bala Elkana, confirmed the arrest on Tuesday, saying that the suspects were arrested on Sunday by Anthony Village Police Division led by the DPO, SP Patricia Amadin.

Elkana said investigations into the case had commenced and the four suspects were custody.

“The baby was recovered from them,” he said.

A very reliable police source had earlier told NAN that two persons, 41-year- male and 30-year- female, were arrested alongside five other  passengers Toyota Sienna car coming from the eastern part of Nigeria at about 2a.m. on Sunday.

NAN gathered that operatives from Anthony Village Division intercepted the Sienna car at Anthony Oke pin down point while trying to enforce the order Lagos and arrested the car, driver and passengers.

“The police discovered that among the passengers, there was a young man and a woman traveling together with the one-- baby. They claimed they had travelled all through the night from Orlu, Imo to Lagos.

“Seeing that none of them was exempted from the Presidential order, all occupants of the vehicle were immediately arrested and taken to the station.

“Upon interrogation, the young man and woman with the  baby claimed that a childless man and his wife here in Lagos had paid N150,000 said baby and that they themselves were the courier being used to deliver the baby.

“However, the of their testimonies are distorted and inconsistent. The police suspected that the baby was stolen. About 2.45a.m. same day, the alleged baby-buyer couple also came to the station in an attempt to retrieve the baby,” the source said.

NAN further learnt that the couple who came baby were detained, while the police was trying to locate the real parents of the child.

The source said the police recovered the birth certificate of the baby which showed she was born on March 23, 2020 outside Lagos.

“For the paternity of the baby, the maternity where the baby was supposedly born inputted the names of the couple the baby who did not Lagos as the father and mother of the child.

“This shows that there is a syndicate somewhere as this is a reflection of an organised crime,” NAN further gathered. (NAN)