Lagos police reacts to allegation of giving out missing child to wrong mother
The Lagos state police command has reacted to allegation of giving out a child to a lady who is not his mother.
WITHIN NIGERIA gathered that the child has been reportedly missing for four years.
In an earlier post, the grieving mother identified as Joy Iheanacho Maduabuchi, had accused policemen attached to the Juvenile Welfare Centre at the Alakara Police Division, Lagos State, of demanding money from her to track the impostor they allegedly released her missing child to after demanding proof that she is the mother.
She also stated that when she brought documents to back her claims of the baby boy being hers, the police allegedly asked her to bring N200k to initiate the process of bringing back her child. She said,
“What brought me here is that I was looking for my child for about four years now. The boy was returning from school and I didn’t see him.
“I then saw a post on Facebook that he had been found. I then went to the police station. I now went to the Alakara Police Station. They now asked me for his birth certificate, immunisation card and antenatal cards. I brought all the documents and then asked them to give me my child, they still refused.
“The police explained that one woman came from Imo State and they had given the boy to her. And as they had carried my son to Imo State, the police asked me to bring N200,000 so that they can go to Imo State and bring back my child.
“This is why I am crying out to Nigerians. I don’t have any N200,000 to give. I want Nigerians to help me. I want people to help me. It is my child I want.”
Reacting to this, the Lagos state police described the lady’s comment as false. The command’s spokesperson stated that the lady never saw the child before making the claim.
Read the statement below:
“The command has been briefed on this case. The allegation of the woman in this video is false and unfounded as the command is having three (3) mothers claiming a boy.
“The boy allegedly got missing sometime but was found at Ojo Division, Lagos. He was later taken to the JWC office at Alakara for investigation. A woman came to claim him and sent him to another woman in Imo State. This woman in the video appeared on Friday to claim the same boy that she was told that he has been seen and published on Facebook.
“So she has not even set her eyes on the boy before she started claiming the boy and alleging the police baselessly. The case is a complex and sensitive one, so the command will be professional about it and make sure the facts emerge. We are on it and we will do the needful as urgent as possible. We are working with the Imo State Command to retrieve the boy and commence further police actions.”