A Lagos resident has been arrested by the police for alleged baby theft in Ogun State.
A middle-aged woman, Falilat Olatunji, resident of 23, Jawando Street, Ayobo in Ipaja, allegedly sneaked into a woman’s room at Iyana Lajola, Mile Two, Abeokuta and stole her four-month-old son who was sleeping.
It was alleged that the child’s mother, identified as Taiwo Bello, was doing laundry within the premises and when she returned to her room only to discover her baby, Ibrahim had disappeared.
Bewildered by the situation, the woman was said to have raised the alarm, which attracted neighbours and a search for the kid commenced.
When the baby was nowhere in sight, a community leader, Alhaji Abdul Dawodu, it was gathered, ran to the Sabo Ilupeju Division to report the baby’s disappearance, which prompted the police to be on alert.
Police spokesman, Abimbola Oyeyemi, a Deputy Superintendent (DSP), said a search was immediately mobilised and operatives put on notice, which paid off as a woman was sighted with a baby that fitted the description at Ilewo Orile and she was immediately arrested.
“On interrogation, the suspect confessed to have stolen the baby but claimed that she only wanted to use the baby to deceive her husband whom she had earlier informed that she got pregnant for as the product of the fake pregnancy she had.
“Investigation revealed that the suspect was once squatting in the same house with the parents of the baby and that she was present during the naming ceremony of the same baby.
“The baby has been reunited with his parents. The Commissioner of Police Bashir Makama, has ordered the immediate transfer of the suspect to the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department (SCIID) for further investigation and prosecution.
“He appealed to members of the public to always beware of people around them because there are a lot of wolves in human skin,”