Operatives of the Ogun State Police Command say they have arrested a 35-year-old housewife, Blessing Agoro for allegedly selling her two daughters for N300,000.
The two daughters; Semilore Agoro (4) and Deborah Agoro (2), were said to have been sold to an unnamed couple in Port Harcourt through an intermediary, Kolawole Imoleayo.
The Ogun State Police Command Public Relations Officer, Abimbola Oyeyemi said the suspect and the accomplice were arrested following a report lodged at Redeemed Camp divisional headquarters of the command by her husband, Oluwaseyi Agoro.
He said Blessing’s husband had reported that, he travelled for some time, and when he returned on the 8th of June 2021, he couldn’t find his two daughters.
He added further that he further that all efforts to make his wife tell him the whereabouts of the children proved abortive.
Acting on the report, Oyeyemi said the Divisional Police Officer, Redeemed Camp division, CSP Alabi Akinjide detailed detectives to apprehend the suspect, who had already been with the camp’s code of conduct department.
He stated that during interrogation, the suspect explained to the police that, her husband left home for the past two years, and while he was away, she found it difficult to cater for the two children with her other two children she had for another man.
Oyeyemi said, ‘She added that while she was contemplating on what to do, one Kolawole Imoleayo introduced her to a couple in Port Harcourt who are in dire need of children, and she sold the two daughters to the couple at the rate of three hundred thousand naira (N300,000).
“Her confession led to the arrest of the said intermediary, Kolawole Imoleayo.”
He said both suspects are assisting the police in their investigation.
Meanwhile, the state Commissioner of Police, Edward Ajogun has ordered the transfer of the suspects to the Anti-Human Trafficking and Child Labour Unit of the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department for discreet investigation.
He equally directed that, the children must be rescued and brought back to their parents as soon as possible.