This 60 year old woman arrested for buying five babies for N5m
Asabi Adebayo, a 60-year-old woman, has been arrested by the Oyo state police command for allegedly buying five babies for N5million from Port-Harcourt, Rivers state.
According to Nigerian Tribune, she claimed to have given birth to in a fertility clinic, after paying N1million for each child, adding that the five children were born fromtwo pregnancies as twins and triplets and were aged between two and one.
The ages of the babies, (two boys and three girls) range from two years, eight months, seven months, six months and four months.
Leye Oyebade, the Commissioner of Police in the state, said she was suspected to be part of a baby sale syndicate who sell children to people residing abroad.
The commissioner of police who paraded the suspect and the babies yesterday at the Eleyele Police Headquarters, said the woman would have escaped if not for the patriotic behavior of the officials of the orphanage, who reported the matter at the Iyaganku Police Station.
Oyebade speaking on how the woman was apprehended, said that Iyaganku division of the command received a report from the proprietress of an orphanage in Ibadan on April 14, 2016, that the 60-year-old requested her to assist in getting a police report to fly her five children abroad.
The suspect, who said she hailed from Lagos State, is also a British citizen. Asabi, who was disturbed about her arrest, narrated how she got the children that led to her arrest.
According to her: “I had been looking for fruits of the womb for many years until I reached menopause. Over two years ago, someone introduced me to a woman at Ikorodu, Lagos State, who could facilitate pregnancy through herbal concoction, so I and other women went there and were given the concoction.”
“We took the concoctions for nine to 10 months before we delivered. For delivery, we were taken to Port Harcourt. I delivered twins from the first pregnancy over two years ago. I got pregnant the second time and had triplets about a year ago. I paid N1million for the treatment on each of the children. In total, I paid N5million. I Brea5t-fed my children for three months before weaning them as babies.”
On why she had to pay N1million on each child since multiple births could come from any pregnancy, the suspect said that the woman who gave her treatment told her ahead of delivery that she would pay according to the number of babies from each delivery.
She insisted that she did not buy the babies, contrary to her initial statement at the police station in which she was reported to have confessed paying N5million to get the five children.
She said that she took the police to the place where she delivered the babies in Port Harcourt but the operators of the fertility clinic, a couple, were nowhere to be found.