A 57-year-old herbalist, Tunde Ajibolorunsoro, aka professor, has been arrested by the Lagos State Police for allegedly abducting a five-year-old girl in the Meiran area of the state.
He was said to have sold the victim, Aishat Muyideen, to his neighbour, Tajudeen Makanjuola, who is also an herbalist, for N60,000. It was gathered that Aishat went missing on Wednesday, September 25, 2017.
It was learnt that police operatives acted on a tip-off and picked up professor. The state Commissioner of Police, Edgar Imohimi, stated that professor led police operatives to arrest Makanjuola.
He said the duo had engaged in a number of child kidnapping before luck ran out on them. He said, “The suspects specialise in kidnapping and selling children.”
However, the suspects refuted the allegation. Professor said he was tortured by the police to confess to the crime. The police command, however, dismissed his claim.
He said he is a native doctor accused him of abducting the child, revealing that his apartment and compound were ransacked but the girl was not found. “The police later arrested me.
They tortured me to the extent that I didn’t know when I confessed that I stole the child and sold her to Oluwo,” he added. Oluwo, 65, who said he had no hand in the disappearance of the girl, stated that he was arrested after professor “was forced to confess.”
According to him, “This man (professor) had said he was tortured to confess and that was why he mentioned me. If I know anything about this matter, I should die mysteriously. I am an herbalist in Meiran. I only know professor as a neighbour.”