The two brothers were detained by members of the Ogun State Police Command in the early hours of December 30, 2022, according to the command’s spokesman, Abimbola Oyeyemi.
According to reports, the suspects were detained after Oja Odan divisional police headquarters received information that the two brothers were purportedly negotiating over the phone to sell a human being either in pieces or alive, depending on the buyer’s preferences.
On December 29, 2022, the Supposed Buyer—Jacob Olorunto—told the Baale of the neighbourhood of the suspects’ plans.
The suspects had called Olorunro and told him they were selling a woman and her son, a boy, as human beings. The agreed upon amount was 600,000 naira.
One of the Suspects, Ayomide Babatunde went to Ilaro and lured his 45-year-old girlfriend Taye Oluwole to follow him to Oja Odan with her nine-year-old son, Remilekun Oluwole, to celebrate the new year with his father.
The woman innocently agreed to follow him. While they picked up the second suspect on the road, Gbenga Babatunde. From there, they took the victims to the Igbo Obe area of Oja Odan to meet Olorunto, the policemen in collaboration with some youths at about 12:30 midnight rescued the woman and her son.
The younger brother who’s an accomplice in the case has confessed while in custody that it was his older brother who brought the idea of selling his girlfriend, he said, ”My brother called me and told me that he wanted to sell his girlfriend and her baby. I told him I don’t have any link to such business but he insisted that I should get one.
He told me his girlfriend does not have any family members that will look for her if she gets missing and I that was how I got lured into the idea. So as a painter,r I got access to one man who was interested in buying and we decided to meet at his house. My brother took his girlfriend and her son to the man’s house while I stayed outside to avoid any suspicion. Suddenly, the youths in the community entered the Baba compound and took us to the police station. My brother told me I will get N300,000 from the deal but we got nothing in the end.”