Leadership (Abuja)

14 August 2010

Nigeria: Stolen in Lagos, Four-Year-Old Boy Recovered in Owerri

In what looks like a scene from our local Nollywood home-videos the police in Lagos Friday recovered a four-year-old boy allegedly stolen in Lagos by a maid and sold off in Owerri, Imo State for N300,000.

Lagos State police spokesman, Mr Frank Mba, disclosed this while parading the house girl, a primary school teacher and a social welfare officer over the transaction.

Mba told newsmen that the house girl allegedly stole the boy six days after she was employed by one Mrs Olabisi Okebanjo in Lagos on July 5.

He said that three days after her resumption, she told Mrs Okebanjo that she was resigning her appointment.

"Three days later, she came to the house with the pretence that she wanted to rent some home video from a nearby shop.

"The four-year-old boy was crying after her and she took permission from the mother to take him along to the shop," Mba said.

According to him, the mother agreed but the house girl disappeared with the child and the man who introduced her to Okebanjo was contacted.

The police spokesman said that the girl was traced to her home in Imo state where she was arrested along with the primary school teacher.

Mba said that a family in Rivers state had earlier paid N550,000 officially for the adoption of a baby at a government-owned social welfare home in Owerri.

He said that an official at the home helped to facilitate the sale of the boy to the family in Rivers state, from who the baby was recovered.

Mba advised members of the public to ensure proper screening of those to be employed as domestic workers.

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