The level of poverty in the country cannot be underestimated, as a bricklayer in Oyero area of Ijoko, Ogun state, Ola Ibikunle after being arrested by the police confessed that he sells stolen children for N1, 500.
Bricklayer Ola Ibikunle
According to Punch Newspaper, Ibikunle was caught when he was strangling a 4-year-old-girl, Eniola whom he just abducted.
Eniola and her 11-year-old sister, Opeyemi, were following their father Segun Quadri, to a church around 2pm on Tuesday, July 26. The father was said to have gone some distance ahead when Ibikunle ambushed the children and abducted Eniola.
Opeyemi was reported to have raised an alarm immediately which caught the attention of some passersby. Ibikunle was reportedly met in an uncompleted building while trying to strangle the girl. An angry mob had beaten him up before the police arrived on the scene.
Ibikunle, who hails from Ado-Ekiti, Ekiti state, disclosed that Eniola was his second victim saying: “I am a bricklayer but I use child abduction to augment my wages. A man in the Sango area contracted me to always get children for him. I don’t know what he uses them for. Last month, I abducted a boy of about three years and sold him to the man for N1, 500. Eniola was the second child I would abduct, but I did not succeed.”
The Ogun state acting Police P.R.O, ASP Abimbola Oyeyemi, said Ibikunle would be further investigated and the buyer would be apprehended.