Four women have been arrested by the Lagos State Ministry of Youth and Social Development Monitoring Team for begging for alms with babies less than a month old that weren’t their own.
The women, Hadiza Nosiru and Salamotu Salisu, both from Jigawa State were arrested at the Oyingbo area of the State.
Preliminary investigation showed that the two women apprehended are not the biological mothers of the babies but were given to them by their parents who later got paid for each baby.
40-year-old Aregbesola is one of the women arrested for using her children to beg for alms in return for stipends. According to her , the person who hires her child always pays her between N1,000 and N1,500 daily.
The woman claimed she had four other children. According to her , the first two children attend school somewhere in Ikotun area. She said: “I stay at Ijora Olopa though I am from Ibadan in Oyo State. I work with a food vendor, who pays me N 300 daily.
The eldest of my children is 11 years old. ”
Aregbesola, who was the only Yoruba woman among the suspects, interpreted for others, who spoke in Hausa and couldn’t explain why they ventured into the illegal business. She claimed that she and other women only release their babies around 5pm. and get them back with money by 7 pm. daily.
But when asked if it was possible for the beggars to pay her N1,500 daily for using the baby for two hours, she kept mum. Two of the women, Hadiza Nosiru and Salamotu Salisu, hail from Jigawa State.
Aregbeshola is now being detained in Alausa Police Station alongside other four women.
Two of the women are biological mothers of the rescued infants, while two others were commercial beggars from northern part of the country.
The infants were taken to the Rehabilitation and Training Centre at Majidun, Ikorodu for shelter as the government vowed to immediately commence investigation and possibly prosecute the women.