A woman, identified as, Grace Onome has been arrested for allegedly selling her two-year-old daughter, Zainab in Badagry area of Lagos State. Onome was arrested on Saturday by the Badagry Police Division after a tip-off.
Four accomplices, who allegedly aided the sale of the girl, were also arrested by the police. Onome, who worked as a commercial sex worker in the Mobil area of Badagry, allegedly sold Zainab, who has not been found to another sex worker, identified only as Endurance.
Police say operatives were on the trail of Endurance in order to rescue Zainab. “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.”
A child rights’ worker, Ebenezer Omejalile, 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.
The Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, SP Dolapo Badmos, confirmed Onome’s arrest.