Tuesday, October 03, 2017

Herbalist allegedly abducts, sells five-year-old 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 8pm.

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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