Woman nabbed for stealing 2 months old baby
From Victor Akinkuolie, Ado-Ekiti
A 39-year-old woman, Mercy Momoh, has been arrested by operatives of the Ekiti Police Command for allegedly stealing a two-month-old baby in Ado-Ekiti.
Momoh, who hailed from Edo State, was arrested at her residence located at Odo-Aremu area, along old Governor’s office in the state capital.
The Hope Metro reliably gathered that the baby was stolen from his mother, Mrs Funmilayo Sunday, around 1pm at the state secretariat in Ado-Ekiti.
It was learnt that the suspect tricked the baby’s mother, Funmilayo Sunday, to accompany her to the State Secretariat under the pretence of helping to collect some relief materials being given by government to flood victims in the state.
The suspect, on getting there, reportedly sent the baby’s mother to help her procure recharge card, only to run away with the baby before the arrival of the mother.
The command spokesperson, Caleb Ikechukwu, who confirmed the arrest to journalists in Ado-Ekiti, said investigation is still on going.
He said, “I can confirm that the woman who stole the two-month-old baby has been arrested by the operatives of the Ekiti Police Command.
“The suspect is Mercy Momoh, a 39-yr-old lady from Edo State. She was apprehended through intelligence made available to the police and would be prosecuted after conclusion of investigation.
“Investigation is still on going. More details will come to reveal what really transpired.
“The Nigeria Police would no longer reveal to the public the means by which they effect the arrest of criminals, because criminals these days, always take advantage of such information.
“And acting on that information on how they can be arrested, they now devise other means of carrying out their nefarious acts without being arrested.
“All I can tell you is that the woman that stole the infant baby has been arrested and investigation is still ongoing
“We call on members of the public to be careful when dealing with strangers. The suspect was apparently nice to the victim. That was why she got the baby easily. Citizens should not be carried away by kind strangers,” Ikechukwu said.
But, a police source who spoke on condition of anonymity with The Nation said the police were informed of the incident by the mother of the baby on same day, at about 4.30pm.
She disclosed that the police detectives immediately swung into action, and on a tip off, traced the suspect to her residence, where she was arrested around 11pm.
The source added that the Commissioner of Police in the state, Amba Asuquo, has directed that the matter should be thoroughly investigated without delay, and necessary action taken for justice to prevail in the case.