Police are on a manhunt for the buyer of a baby stolen by a home help in Shomolu, Lagos.
Police spokesman, SP Benjamin Hundeyin, confirmed on Monday that the buyer abandoned the baby as the police dragnet was closing in.
“In the early hours of Monday, the buyer abandoned the baby at Alade Market, Shomolu, because of intense manhunt and pressure from the police.
“The baby was promptly rescued by the police. She has been handed over to her parents after they positively identified her,’’ Mr Hundeyin stated.
An X user, identified as @Simmm_K, raised the alarm in a post on Saturday that a home help absconded with the baby belonging to her boss.
“A house help ran away with my colleague’s baby this Saturday morning between 1 a.m. and 2 a.m. in Shomolu,’’ the X user posted.
@Simmm_K, who shared the picture of the teenage home help and the baby, appealed to security agencies and members of the public to help find the baby.
She also posted a telephone number to be reached whenever or wherever the house help or baby was found.
She later updated the post, stating that the home help was arrested in Ikorodu without the baby.
According to Simmm_K, the house help confessed to selling the baby for N800,000.
Simmm_K further updated her post that the baby was found in the early hours of Monday.
“I’m glad to notify everyone that the baby was found this morning at Shomolu.
“Many thanks to everyone and the police for helping. The baby is united with the family,’’ she posted.