Woman steals two-month-old baby from mother in Ekiti
An unidentified woman has allegedly stolen a two-month-old baby from his mother in Ado Ekiti, the Ekiti State capital.
The incident occurred yesterday at the State Secretariat in Ado Ekiti metropolis.
An eyewitness said the woman tricked the baby’s mother to follow her to the secretariat to collect some relief materials being given to flood victims by government.
“On getting there, she sent the mother to help her to procure recharge card, but ran away with the baby before the arrival of the woman.”
Narrating her ordeal, the nursing mother, who was drenched in tears, explained that the abductor had been patronising her consistently at the Oja-Oba Market, where she sells soup ingredients, adding that the woman informed her on Wednesday that she would take her to the secretariat, where she claimed her husband works and would facilitate the relief materials to be given to her.
The woman, who preferred to remain anonymous, explained that the woman came to her shop with a list of possible beneficiaries, including her name, making her to believe she was being favoured.
According to her: “The woman, who had become a regular customer, had this (yesterday) morning invited me to the secretariat and pretended to be waiting for someone, having entered one or two offices under the pretence of making some arrangements.
“She later took my baby from me and asked me to go and buy recharge card and before I came back, she had fled with my baby.”
The troubled mother, who claimed she had lost a child recently before the delivery of the stolen boy, said the suspect collected her phone to prevent her from contacting the Police for her immediate arrest after perpetrating the crime.
The Ekiti State Police Command Public Relations Officer (PRO), Caleb Ikechukwu, could not be reached to confirm the incident, as his mobile phone line was switched off.