The Lagos State Police Command has arrested an artisan who sold his own daughter and his neighbour's child to raise money to bury his in-law.
A 37-year-old man, Kingsley Oriaku, has been arrested by the Lagos State Police Command after he sold his own daughter and neighbour's son to raise funds with which to bury his father-in-law.
Punch reports that Oriaku, an artisan residing on Waidi Ogunseye Street, Meiran area of the state, sold his one-and-a-half-year-old daughter, Chimamanda, as well as kidnapping and selling his neighbour’s seven-year-old son, Gabriel Yanga, barely two months after he moved to the area.
It was gathered that he used the N310,000 he realised from the sale of the two children for the burial expenses of his father-in-law.
It was gathered that Oriaku, an indigene of Abia State, sold his daughter in September 2017 for N190,000 to a woman who ran an orphanage home in Aba, with the connivance of one Adaeze Obi who claims to be an evangelist.
Two days after selling his daughter, Oriaku reportedly returned to his Lagos residence and lured the boy out of the compound while her mother was not at home.
He was alleged to have subsequently taken him to Obi who linked him up with one Loveth Nwako and Nwako was said to have led him and the boy to her sister, Ngozi, in Anambra State who collected the child and gave Oriaku N120,000.
The suspect was arrested in November by operatives of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, Lagos State Command, Ikeja, where Yanga’s parents reported the case and he led the police to other suspects who were also arrested.
Oriaku who was paraded at the Command headquarters in Ikeja on Monday, December 11, along with Nwako and Obi, confessed that he sold the children to raise funds for the burial of his father-in-law in Abia State.
“I am a bricklayer. My father-in-law died and we wanted to do his burial. People that owed me refused to pay me. I was living in Abia State before with my family. In July, I moved down to Lagos.
Early in September 2017, I contacted a nurse called Patience that I wanted Chimamanda to be at the orphanage for proper care. She works at a hospital where my wife gave birth to Chimamanda.
Patience directed me to the evangelist who took Chimamanda to the orphanage home. I collected N190,000 from the operator of the orphanage home.
Two days after, I came back to Lagos and fled with Gabriel. I took him to the evangelist on her request and got N120,000. I used the money for my father in-law’s burial.”
On how he was arrested, Oriaku said it was the pressure from his wife on the whereabouts of their daughter that made him open up to her, adding that his wife reported him to the police in Abia State.
“We later settled the case and our daughter was recovered from the orphanage. In November, policemen from Lagos came to pick me up in Abia State. Loveth and I led them to recover the boy as well,” he added.
On her part, Obi, said she got only N10,000 transport fare from the owner of the orphanage known as Esther, adding that Kingsley lied to her on how much he collected.
“Patience contacted me. She said Kingsley told her that he had separated from his wife and that no one was taking care of their children.
She asked me to direct him to an orphanage where he could take one of the children to. I took Kingsley to the Queen Esther Motherless Baby Home. He told the woman that he was stranded and needed money to pay house rent.
The woman gave him N190,000 and gave me N10,000 for transport. I did not partake in the transaction. She is a member of my church, Jesus Solution Ministry. I was in Port Harcourt for a ministry on November 18 when I was arrested,” the 38-year-old Obi confessed.
Nwako who also confessed to the crime, said:
“I attend Adaeze’s ministry. I told her that my elder sister needed somebody to be helping her because of her health condition.
When Kingsley brought the boy to her, she called me. Kingsley and I took the boy to my sister in Anambra State. He said he wanted the boy to be taken care of, but he needed N120,000 to pay house rent.
I only helped my sister. Her daughter is observing her national youth service in Nasarawa State.”
Confirming the arrest of the suspects, the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Edgal Imohimi, said the case came to the knowledge of the command on October 29, 2017, through Yanga’s mother, Olabisi.
The CP explained that Yanga was recovered at the Ajali village, Anambra State, adding that the suspects would soon be charged to court as soon as police conclude investigations into the matter.
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