Face of the apprentice that was paid N60k to steal two of her boss’ children
Tobiloba Adebiyi, the mother of a 3-year-old, Oluwasemilore, who was declared missing about a month ago, has narrated how her apprentice, Mary John, kidnapped and then sold the baby in Anambra State.
The child was rescued by operatives of the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad. She said that Mary John’s real name was Gladys Austin, a mother of one from Cross River State.
She said that Austin, barely spent a week as her apprentice in Alagbado, Lagos State before she kidnapped and fled with her daughter. The police later discovered that Oluwasemilore was afterwards sold to four different buyers before she was rescued.
“After she was arrested in Badagry, she said she had been paid N60,000 for the job before coming to my house and she had planned to kidnap two of my children. But she couldn’t because I had said if she didn’t come with a guarantor by Monday, she should not come to work.
After she kidnapped Oluwasemilore, she left for Anambra by a bus the same day, and she sold her to an elderly woman, telling the woman that my daughter belonged to a prostitute who wanted to get rid of the girl.
The woman buys new babies and resells to families without children. The policemen asked her to call the woman that she had another child to sell. When she did, the woman asked her if it was a ‘trouser’ or ‘skirt’, which was a code name for a boy or girl. We decided to give her my son as bait.”
Oluwasemilore was resold to someone else in Awka, Anambra State who has also resold the child to another woman in the state. Tobiloba said all those who bought her daughter resold her because they were attacked by a strange illness.
“Those people said when the child got to them, they became sick and their business started failing. Within one month, my child had been sold to 4 different families. The 4th woman was wealthy and despite falling sick, she decided to keep her and enroll her in a new school. 4 suspects have arrested in connection with the kidnapping,” she said.