The 15-year-old boy that was used as a collateral for N8,000 loan last week by his parents has been rescued by the Lagos State Police Command.
PUNCH Metro learnt that the police had already transferred the victim’s parents and others alleged to have been involved in the case to the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department, Yaba.
Our correspondent had reported that Samuel’s parents ran into a financial crisis after his mother became sick and the stepfather lost his job.
The family was said to have given him to a Lagos trader, Iya Meta, and collected N8,000 for him to work for the woman for two months.
Iya Meta was alleged to have further loaned him to three women on Lagos Island, collecting N72,000 for his service.
The trio were alleged to have further given him out to a woman in the Mushin area.
It was alleged that two policewomen from the Ijora Badia division were involved in the illegal deal.
Iya Meta, who called our correspondent on Thursday, had said she caught one of the women and the matter was moved to the Adeniji Adele Police Division.
It was later transferred to the Ijora Badia Police Division.
A source in the station said the victim was loaned to a family in Mushin.
He said, “It is a messy case. The parents used the boy to work and collected money. The woman passed him to another set of women who then passed him further to a 70-year-old woman. We rounded up all of them and transferred them to the SCIID where they will be prosecuted.
“The victim told us in his statement that his father was still alive and it was his stepfather and his mother that used him to make money because of poverty. He said where they took him to, they were using him like a slave.
“It is not true that policewomen from this division aided some of the suspects in the case. We have nothing to gain in it. It is an attempt to smear the division, which has been investigating some high-profile crime cases.”
The state Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Olarinde Famous-Cole, said investigations were ongoing, adding that the suspects would soon be charged to court.