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Tuesday, 3 October 2017

Herbalist Allegedly Sells Five-Year-Old Girl For N60,000


A 57-year-old herbalist, Tunde Ajibolorunsoro , aka professor, has been held by the police for allegedly abducting a five -year- old girl in the Meiran area of Lagos State .

He was said to have sold the victim , Aishat Muyideen , to his neighbour , Tajudeen Makanjuola, who is also an herbalist , for N60 , 000 .

PUNCH Metro gathered that Aishat went missing on Wednesday , September 25, 2017 , and his father , Yekini Muyideen , reported the case to the police at the Meiran division.

It was learnt that police operatives acted on a tip-off and picked up professor .

The state Commissioner of Police, Edgar Imohimi , stated that professor led police operatives to arrest Makanjuola.

He said the duo had engaged in a number of child kidnapping before luck ran out on them .

He said , “ The suspects specialise in kidnapping and selling children . After the father of the girl reported the case, investigation commenced. Investigation revealed that Ajibolorunsoro , aka professor , sold Aishat to one Makanjuola , aka Oluwo .”

However , the suspects , who spoke with our correspondent on Monday at the police headquarters in Ikeja, refuted the allegation .

Professor said he was tortured by the police to confess to the crime .

The police command, however , dismissed his claim .

He said , “ I am a native doctor. On Wednesday , I was sitting outside my house in the evening when I saw some people, who said they were searching for a missing child. Around 11 pm when I retired to bed , some people shone torches on my house. I came out and asked them what happened . They said they were looking for a child.

“ I advised them to report at the Meiran Police Station and they said they had done so . A few minutes after, I saw the torchlight again and came out .”

He said a crowd thronged his house the following morning and accused him of abducting the child. He said his apartment and compound were ransacked but the girl was not found .

“ The police later arrested me . They tortured me to the extent that I didn ’ t know when I confessed that I stole the child and sold her to Oluwo .”

Oluwo , 65, who said he had no hand in the disappearance of the girl , stated that he was arrested after professor “ was forced to confess .”

He said , “ This man ( professor ) had said he was tortured to confess and that was why he mentioned me . If I know anything about this matter , I should die mysteriously. I am an herbalist in Meiran . I only know

professor as a neighbour .”

Meanwhile , one Olamilekan Alatise , has been arrested in connection with the murder of a four -year-old girl , Faridat Sulyman, on Ogbe Close , Iwaya , Lagos State .

PUNCH Metro had reported that Sulyman was found in a pool of blood in a shrine at the back of her parents ’ rented apartment on July 24, 2017 , around 8 pm.

Alatise was said to have been the custodian of the shrine since his father , who owned it , died.

The CP said efforts were ongoing to arrest other suspects complicit in the murder of the girl .

“ After an extensive investigation into the incident , I am pleased to announce to you that one Olamilekan Alatise , the mastermind of the heinous crime , who resides in Ikorodu , has been arrested .

“ He confessed to the crime and also mentioned his sister and one other in connection with the incident , ” he said .

But 35 -year-old Alatise rebuffed the confession claim , saying he only used dogs and pigs for sacrifice at the shrine.

“ I did not know anything about the girl ’ s death . The only person that also performs sacrifice at the shrine is a man called Kazeem , ” he added.

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