Air Peace officials have uncovered an attempt to abduct two babies at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos, Daily Trust reported.
A man and a woman were about to check in with the children on June 7, 2021, at the Lagos International Airport. The woman and the man were travelling to Asaba when they were detained for inspection.
Airlines spokesman Stanley Olisa confirmed the incident, saying airline and security officials suspected foul play while checking in the passengers.
The culpable couple were said to have given conflicting reports on the infants.
In a statement, he said: “On June 7, 2021, at MMA2, around 12:00 hours, a man and a woman, carrying two babies, approached our counter for check-in.
“Our Passenger Service Executive, being suspicious of the duo’s behaviour, questioned them about the babies. They said the babies belonged to them and were travelling to Asaba.”
During interrogation by security personnel, the couple gave a different narrative.
Olisa said, “The two adults gave conflicting explanations to different staff- that the babies were being taken to the United Kingdom to unite them with their parents and later they said they were sending the babies to Zimbabwe for adoption.”
After a long period of questioning, the adults confessed that they were not the parents of the babies and were handed over to the police who handed them over to operatives of the National Agency for Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) for further investigation and prosecution.