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    50-year-old grandmother sells three-year-old girl to pay rent

    A 50-year old grandmother, identified as Rita Eze has confessed to being part of a group of individuals that involve in abducting children from Lagos and selling them in Anambra State.

    The woman was paraded along with 2 other female suspects, Ogochi Nwekei and Gladys Austine at the Lagos State police command Headquarters. The other female suspect was said to be ill and was therefore not paraded.


    According to Punch, "Augustine, who claimed to be Mary John, connived with one Samuel, who is at large, to abduct three-year-old Oluwasemilore Adebiyi, from her parents’ residence in the Alagbado area of Lagos.
    To hatch the plan, 28-year-old Augustine enrolled for beads-making apprenticeship at Oluwasemilore’s mother’s shop in January, giving her name as Mary John. She fled to Anambra with the girl seven days after.
    The girl was handed over to Eze, who confessed to selling her to Elizabeth through Nwekei, for N500,000. Oluwasemilore was, however, recovered by the police after Augustine was arrested in the Badagry area of Lagos on February 23.
    It was also reported that some parents from various parts of the state had stormed the police headquarters and identified Austine as the abductor of their children. But Austine denied it all, saying the girl Semilore was her first abduction. 
    The Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Fatai Owoseni, while briefing journalists on the arrest, said the suspects would subsequently be charged to court.

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