"I Rent Out My 3-Week-Old Baby To Beggars For N1,500 Daily" - Suspect (Pic)


Mrs .Tawakalitu Aregbesola
looks dejected, worried and
disappointed perhaps for
betraying her son and
Aregbesola (40 ) is one of the women arrested by the officials
of the Lagos State government
for using their 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
The eldest of my children is 11 years old. ” Aregbeshola is now
being detained in Alausa Police
Station alongside other four
Two of the women are biological
mothers of the rescued infants, while two others were
commercial beggars from
northern part of the country.
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
7pm. 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.
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.
Speaking on the development ,
the Commissioner for Youth and Social Development, Uzamat
Akinbile - Yussuf , said the
government would not condone
such heartless attitude. The
commissioner said that efforts
would be intensified to get rid of street begging in the state.