The Lagos State Police Command has arrested a yet to be couple, one Saheed Akinwale and Hajia Zainab Salisu, who abducted two kids, 12-months-old Feyitola Lawal and seven-months-old Taiwo Salisu, Abule Egba.
Zainab had convinced Saheed that she was pregnant for him although not married and demanded for money to enable her travel to the United States to deliver the babies.
It was gathered that the man had obliged her and after collecting N250, 000 from him, she disappeared into thin air only to appear months later with two babies, whom she claimed were product of the pregnancy.
It was later discovered that she stole the babies from two different families, and presented them as twins to the husband, family and friends.
The woman had immediately renamed Feyitola as Kehinde, she gave Philip the name Taiwo, but the cat was let out of the bag when her tricks was discovered and the police was informed leading to her arrest while the real parents of Feyitola were notified.
Police said the woman was fished out with the aid of a Close Circuit Television (CCTV) tracking device at Justrite Stores, where she was last seen in the company of Mrs. Lawal and her baby, Feyitola.
However the suspect, Hajia Zainab Salisu,denied stealing the baby rather she said “I did not steal the baby. Feyisola’s mother is my friend. I went to their house on May 14 and when she left to get something, I carried her baby and left.
“Since I switched off that sim card, they couldn’t reach me. The other baby (Philip whom she had baptised as Taiwo) belongs to my uncle.
“The wife died and he wanted to give away the baby and I told him to give him to me so that I can raise him as my own. I was arrested when the police picked Saheed.”
The yet to be husband Saheed Akinwale said, “I met her last year. After she told me that she was pregnant for me and that she wants to travel to the United States to give birth. I gave her N250, 000.
“Sometime in October, she called me that she was back and that she had delivered a set of twins for me. She told me she landed in Abuja and that she would bring them to Lagos to see me.
“Although I am married with kids, I kept Zainab as my other family. I never knew they were not our kids until the police arrested us yesterday.”
Feyitonla was reunited with the family, while Mrs. Damilola Lawal debunked claims that she was friends with the suspect.
She said, “I don’t know her from anywhere, rather she came to my shop claiming to be a supplier of eggs and would love to supply us with some. I agreed.
“Later, she claimed she was new in the area and thus needed a new place of worship and my mother-in-law took her to our church (Christ Apostolic Church).
“After service she followed us home to use the convenience. She later stayed for lunch and then she said she wanted to buy some souvenirs.
“I took her to Justrite Stores at Agege but she ended up not buying. When we were leaving, she offered to assist in carrying my daughter. We boarded a bus and got to Abule Egba.
“We entered a bike and when we got to the bus stop, her bike carried her down further. By the time I walked down to that place she had disappeared.”
Police Public Relations Officer, Dolapo Badmos, a Superintendent of Police, said the arrest was based solely on intelligence-driven investigation.
She said, “On May 16, 2016, Feyitola Lawal, a 12-month-old baby, was stolen from the mother at Abule Egba two weeks ago.
“The journey for the arrest started from Itoken in Ogun State. Zainab Salisu pretended to be a buyer and trickishly sent the woman to Justrite and she absconded with her baby.
“The case was reported to all the divisions in Abule Egba and she was tracked down and the baby was recovered from her custody.
“Also seen in her custody was a seven-months old baby (Philip) she could not give account of which the command reasonably suspects was stolen.
Badmos advised parents to be wary of all friends with questionable characters and also be vigilant with their children.