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Two brothers, Ayomide Babatunde and Gbenga Babatunde are in the police net for attempting to sell a 45 year-old woman and her nine years old son for N600,000 after abducting them.
The suspects were arrested on Friday by the Police at Oja Odan area of Ogun State at the residence of the supposed buyer.
According to The Nation, events leading to their arrest began on December 27 when the two brothers negotiated on phone to sell a human being either in parts or alive depending on how the buyer wanted it for money making ritual.
The supposed buyer, one Jacob Olorunto, exposed the intended deal to the Baale of the community who immediately alerted the police.
The supposed buyer was advised by the Police to play along with the suspects in order to save the would – be – victims.
The suspects later called the supposed buyer, Mr Olorunto, informing him that they were in possession of two human beings – a woman and her male child for sale.
After haggling over the price of the mother and son on phone, the supposed buyer and the brothers came to an agreement of N600,000.
It was learnt that on Thursday, one of the suspects, Ayomide Babatunde went to Ilaro and lured his friend, the 45-year-old Taye Oluwole, to follow him to Oja Odan with her nine – year – old son, Remilekun Oluwole, to celebrate the New Year with his father.
The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Abimbola Oyeyemi, confirmed this on Friday, saying the woman innocently followed Ayomide and along the road, they stopped over to pick the second suspect, Gbenga Babatunde.
Mr Oyeyemi, explained that the suspects took the victims to Igbo Obe area of Oja Odan to meet the supposed buyer, Jacob Olorunto, where they were rounded up by policemen in collaboration with some youths in the area at about 12:30am.
The woman and her son were rescued.
The suspects had admitted to the alleged crime, according to the Police.
The Commissioner of Police, Lanre Bankole, has ordered that the suspects be transferred to State Criminal Investigation Departments for further investigation and diligent prosecution.
Writing by Muzha Kucha