On 26 August, 2019, at about 3:30pm, a police officer attached to the Motor Traffic Division of Ejigbo Police Division while controlling traffic at Jakande Gate, Ejigbo noticed a sort of commotion close to her traffic point.
She intervened and discovered that the brouhaha was about a lady named Gift Michael (24), found with a suspected new born baby.
In her company is her ‘madam’, one Florence Nkem Douglas aged 50, both of Ijegun area of Isheri. They were about to be mobbed due to the alarm raised by those who had been trailing the duo from their residence in Ijegun as the whole community had been suspecting them for being in the business of buying and selling of babies in their Maternity Clinic.
The police team promptly intervened and rescued the suspects from the mob attack and whisked them to Ejigbo Divisional Police Headquarters where in-depth investigation was conducted.
Investigation revealed that the said Florence Douglas, a native of Igueben in Edo State, who is not a registered Nurse, operates two Maternity Clinics named Flofidel Clinic and Maternity Homes with branches in Shosanya Street, I82, Ijegun road and Okunola Ijagemo areas.
On interrogation, Florence admitted to have been in the business of sales of babies for a while. She revealed that a baby girl is referred to as “PINK” while a baby boy is called “BLUE”; and are both referred to as “MARKET”.
She further confessed that the male baby found in their custody at Jakande gate, Ejigbo, suspected to be a week old was brought to her from Gombe, enroute Akure and was to be sold for N500,000.
The rescued baby who appeared sick with symptoms suspected to be jaundice was promptly taken to hospital for medical attention.
Worthy of mention are pictures of about 50 different babies on the phone of Florence, suspected to have already been sold off. Babies are usually sold between N500,000 and N1million depending on their sex.
The Commissioner of Police Lagos State, CP Zubairu Muazu has ordered the State Criminal Investigation Department, Panti Yaba to take over the investigation and ensure that other members of the syndicate are apprehended. -Story by DEDEIGBO AYODEJI