Obotie Adesuwa, a female sergeant who allegedly sold a week-old baby boy brought to her station, has been dismissed from the Nigeria Police force and consequently arrested. She is to face trial today (Friday, 20-11-2015).
The whole issue started in the last week of September 2015, when a good Samaritan brought the newborn with his mentally unstable mother to the station from a psychiatric hospital.
Adesuwa, an indigene of Edo State who received the baby failed to record the incident in the crime diary for the day. She later took the baby and his mother to an undisclosed location where she handed the baby to a relative who in turn sold him to a couple in Port Harcourt.
The mother who was taken to a bus station and handed N500 to take the bus home, later returned to the station to ask of her baby which lead to a physical fight when the police on duty tried to get her out of the police station forcefully taking her for a mad woman.
The DPO was later informed, and deeper investigation into the matter ensued which confirmed the story of the mentally unstable mother to be true that her baby was actually taken away from her. They were taken to the Area Command where the female sergeant was arrested and moved to Area F Command, Ikeja, but was later transferred to the X-Squad section.
The incident was confirmed by the Commissioner of Police, Fatai Oweseni, who said that the ex-sergeant would be arraigned in court on Friday. The baby has been handed over to his mother.
He said, “We used our investigative acumen to recover the baby. he has been reunited with his mother. The police sergeant is now a civilian. She will be arraigned in court on Friday. This is in line with the IGP’s zero tolerance for indiscipline”