Ejigbo police transfers baby theft case to CID, Panti
By Olushola Okewole
The Ejigbo Police Division has transferred the alleged baby sellers, Gift Michael and her boss, Florence Douglas, who were intercepted and arrested while trying to sell a week old baby at Jakande Gate, Ejigbo to the Police Headquarters at Panti, Lagos for further investigation.
However, the identity of the baby, his real name and parents are yet to be ascertained.
It was gathered from Ejigbo Police station that Michael, who was working with Florence Douglas at her clinic in Ijegun, was noticed with the baby with one man selling noddles in the area by the Queen to the monarch of Isheri Osun at around 4:30am on August 26, 2019, who alerted some people to monitor them.
According to the police source, the people trailed Gift to Jakande Gate, where they discovered she was waiting to hand over the baby to someone else.
“So they held her, they didn’t allow her to connect to the suspected buyer. When asked about the baby, she gave his name as Emmanuel and claimed to be the mother.
“In the process of interrogation by the mob, Florence Douglas, whom Gift was working with at her clinic showed up to defend her as the authentic mother of the baby.
“The rejection of her breast feeding by the child made people conclude that she was not the real mother as claimed which led to their arrest and they were handed over to the police.
“After series of interrogation, Gift confessed that she did not know the mother of the baby and that it was madam Florence who asked her to carry the baby to meet her at Jakande Gate before their interception. She added that one Mama Bisi was the one in charge of the baby.”
When the police followed Gift to Mama Bisi’s house at Omega Street, Ajuwon, Ogun State, it was discovered that the woman had parked out of her 3-bedrooom flat.
All attempt by the police to get the identity of the baby proved abortive as there was no record of the baby at the said clinic in Ijegun, which proved that the baby was not given born there.
The case has however been transferred to Panti for further investigation.