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.
Samuel’s parents ran into financial crisis after his mum became sick and stepfather lost his job.
According to Punch, the family gave him to a Lagos trader, Iya Meta, and collected N8,000 for him to work for the woman for two months.
Iya Meta was said 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 Mushin area.
It was alleged that two policewomen from Ijora Badia division were involved in the illegal deal.
Iya Meta, who called Punch 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 Ijora Badia Division.
A source in the station said the innocent boy 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.