By Evelyn Usman
A herbalist has been arrested by the Police in Lagos for selling a five-year-old girl he abducted for N60,000 to another herbalist for ritual purpose.
The 57-year-old suspect, identified as Tunde Ajibolorunsoro, popularly known as Professor, was alleged to have abducted the minor in Meiran area of Lagos State on September 25.
When the case of the missing child was reported by her parents at Meiran Division, the Commissioner of Police, Lagos State Police command, Imohimi Edgal, personally led policemen to the herbalist’s place, following a tip-off.
The little girl, as gathered, was later rescued from the house of another herbalist, Tajudeen Makanjuola, who Ajibolorunsoro was alleged to have sold her to.
The Command boss said: “The suspects specialised in kidnapping and selling of children.
“After the father of the girl reported the case, investigation started, during which it was revealed that Ajibolorunsoro, alias Professor, sold Aishat to Makanjuola, alias Oluwo.”
It’s a lie—Suspect
However, when approached, Ajibolorunsoro described the claim as a lie.
He said: “Yes, I am a herbalist. But I do not know anything about this matter. I was sitting outside my house, Wednesday evening, when I saw a search party which claimed to be looking for a five-year-old girl.
“I advised them to report at the Police Station. They said they had done so. But to my shock, I was woken up from sleep by noise outside.
“When I came out to find out what was happening, they accused me of abducting the missing child. Some of them conducted a search round my apartment, but did not find the missing child.
“The Police later arrested me. I do not know when I confessed to have stolen the child and sold to another herbalist. I said it out of duress.”
On his part, his alleged partner in crime, Makanjuola, 65, also denied having anything to do with the missing girl, saying “Professor said he was tortured to confess and that was why he mentioned me.
“If I know anything about this matter, may I die mysteriously.”