A woman has revealed how police officers at the Juvenile Welfare Centre at the Alakara Police Division, Lagos State, released her missing son to a strange woman and asked her to pay N200,000 for them to trace her and retrieve the boy.
In a viral video on social media, Joy Iheanacho, the woman, said her son went missing four years ago on his way home from school. She stated that after searching, she was able to trace her son’s location via a Facebook post.
She revealed that the post had said her son, who has turned nine-years-old was said to have been at the Ojo Division of the state command. She said the policemen at Alakara had asked her to present proof that she is indeed the boy’s mother. Iheanacho said after she presented all the necessary documents, she was told her son had been relesed to another woman who took him to Imo State.
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“My name is Joy Iheanacho, wetin carry me come here nah because say I dey find my pikin over four years ago. My pikin dey come back from school and I no see am. I see where dem post am for Facebook and I come go where dem say the pikin dey in Alakara Police Station,” she said in pidgin English.
“They asked me for birth certificate, immunisation and antenatal cards and I carry am give them to give me my pikin, but dem no carry am give me, dem say one woman come and dem carry the pikin give am go Imo State.”
“As dem carry am go Imo State, dem come dey say make I go bring N200,000 come for dem to go carry the pikin come; that’s why I dey cry today because I no get the N200,000 to give; make Nigerians help me; people wey go fit help me make dem help me; I no get the money; na my piki nah him I want.”
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Muyiwa Adejobi, spokesman of the state police command, said the police are working with the Imo State Command to track the woman.
He said Iheanacho’s claim that she was asked to pay N200,000 is untrue. He said the police are investigating the matter.