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Police Arrest Couple For Abducting Two Kids In Lagos

Saheed & Zainab Salisu
Posted: Jun 2, 2016 at 5:02 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

Emmanuel Udom

Lagos – The Lagos State Police Command has arrested a couple, one Saheed Akinwale and Hajia Zainab Salisu, who abducted two kids, 12-months-old Feyitola Lawal and seven-months-old Taiwo Salisu at Abule Egba.

Although the duo was not married, Zainab had convinced Saheed that she was pregnant for him and needed money to travel to the United States to deliver the babies.

After collecting N250, 000 from him, she disappeared only to appear months later with two babies, whom she claimed were their babies.

However, it was later discovered that she stole the baby from two different families, and passed them off as twins to family and friends.

While she renamed Feyitola as Kehinde, she gave Philip the name Taiwo, and she remained under that cover till she was arrested by the police and the real parents of Feyitola were notified.

Unknown to her, the police were tracking her using the Close Circuit Television (CCTV) of Justrite Stores, where she was last seen in the company of Mrs. Lawal and her baby, Feyitola.

The suspect, Hajia Zainab Salisu, said, “I did not steal the baby. Feyisola’s mother is my friend. I went to their house on May 14 and when she left to get something, I carried her baby and left.

“Since I switched off that sim card, they couldn’t reach me. The other baby (Philip whom she had baptized as Taiwo belongs to my uncle.

“The wife died and he wanted to give away the baby and I told him to give him to me so that I can raise him as my own. I was arrested when the police picked Saheed.”

Saheed Akinwale said, “I met her last year. After she told me that she was pregnant for me and that she wants to travel to the United States to give birth. I gave her N250, 000.

“Sometime in October, she called me that she was back and that she had delivered a set of twins for me. She told me she landed in Abuja and that she would bring them to Lagos to see me.

“Although I am married with kids, I kept Zainab as my other family. I never knew they were not our kids until the police arrested us yesterday.”

Speaking to our correspondent after her daughter Feyitonla was reunited with the family; Mrs. Damilola Lawal debunked claims that she was friends with the suspect.

She said, “I don’t know her from anywhere, rather she came to my shop claiming to be a supplier of eggs and would love to supply us with some. I agreed.

“Later, she claimed she was new in the area and thus needed a new place of worship and my mother-in-law took her to our church (Christ Apostolic Church).

“After service she followed us home to use the convenience. She later stayed for lunch and then she said she wanted to buy some souvenirs.

“I took her to Justrite Stores at Agege but she ended up not buying. When we were leaving, she offered to assist in carrying my daughter. We boarded a bus and got to Abule Egba.

“We entered a bike and when we got to out bus stop, her bike carried her down further. By the time I walked down to that place she had disappeared.”