Woman arrested for stealing a day-old baby

By Friday Omosola

A 35-year-old woman, Funmi Mogbojuri, has been arrested by the Ondo State Police for allegedly stealing a day-old baby. According to the Police, Funmi stole the baby at Sabo, an area in Okitipupa, the headquarters of the Okitipupa Local Government Area of the state and took the baby to Sagamu in Ogun State.

The Police public image maker in the state, Mrs Funmilayo Odunlami, said the suspect was arrested while about to name the stolen baby.

“One Abass Issah of Arikawe Street, Okitipupa, came to the station and reported that his newborn baby was stolen by unknown persons. A discreet investigation by the Okitipupa Divisional Policemen led to the arrest of Funmi Mogbojuri, who absconded with the baby to Makun, Sagamu in Ogun State.

“During interrogation, she confessed to having absconded with the baby to her husband’s house. It was also discovered that she had earlier stolen another baby on the 16th of January, 2021, in Okitipupa, took the child to Igbokoda and gave him to one Lucky and said the child died a few days later.”

The Police Public Relations Officer said the suspect would be charged to court after the investigation had been concluded on the matter.

While confessing, the suspect said she doesn’t know the spirit that entered her to commit such an act and pleaded for forgiveness. She further said she had given birth to two children for her first husband before her husband’s family prevented her from having access to the kids

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“It was not intentional, I will just beg Nigerians to forgive me. Truly, I stole the child and I did that to take good care of the child. I have given birth before, but I never had a child for the husband I’m presently with. I just like the child, that’s why I abducted the child because I have not conceived for my present husband.”

She revealed that her current husband knew nothing about the situation, adding that she lied to the husband that she was pregnant. She said this was her second time abducting a child.

Speaking to newsmen, the mother of the stolen baby, Binta Alhassan, disclosed that Mogbojuri came to their house the day she put to bed and requested to spend the night which she obliged because the suspect said she was stranded in Okitipupa and had no place to sleep. Binta said they knew the suspect through a friend she always visited in their house, adding that the man was no longer living in their house.

“We allowed her to spend the night in one of the vacant rooms. We even gave her food to eat that night, not knowing that she had a mission. To my surprise, the following morning, while on my way from the bathroom, the woman had disappeared with the baby which I had not even been breastfed by then, it was after five days that the police found and arrested her.”

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