Adebayo Adenrele

The Ogun State Police Command has apprehended two brothers, Ayomide Babatunde and Gbenga Babatunde, over an attempt to sell one Taye Oluwole and her nine-year-old son to a ritualist.

In a statement by the Command’s spokesperson, Abimbola Oyeyemi, the suspects were arrested following information received at the Oja Odan Divisional Police Headquarters.

According to Oyeyemi, the brothers were negotiating to sell humans, either in parts or alive, depending on what the buyer wanted for money ritual.

The statement reads, “The supposed buyer, Jacob Olorunto, had informed the Baale of the community, who, in turn, tipped off the police and detectives advised Olorunto to play along.

“On 27th December 2022, the suspects called their supposed buyer and informed him that they had a woman and her son for sale, leading to a negotiation of N600,000 price for the two persons.

“On 29th, one of the brothers, Ayomide went to Ilaro and invited his 45-year-old woman friend, Taye Oluwole, to follow him to Oja Odan with her son to celebrate New Year with his father.

“The woman innocently agreed and along the road, they stopped to pick up his brother, Gbenga, the second suspect. The suspects then took the victims to Igbo Obe area of Oja Odan to meet Jacob Olorunto where they were rounded up by policemen and some youths at 12:30 am.

“The two suspects have confessed to the crime,” he said.