The Ekiti State Police Command on Saturday September 21, arrested a 39-year-old woman Mercy Momoh for stealing a 2-month-old baby.
The baby was stolen from his mother Funmilayo Sunday on Friday September 20, after being tricked into following Momoh to Ekiti State Secretariat under the guise of getting some relief materials being given by government to flood victims.
Momoh fled with the baby after telling Funmilayo to help her get recharge card. Commenting on the arrest, a police source told The Nation that the suspect said she stole the baby after her desperation to have a male child got a better hold of her. She further revealed that her inability to have a male child made her husband marry another woman, making it likely for her to be thrown out of her home.
The command spokesperson, Caleb Ikechukwu who confirmed the arrest of the suspect said investigation is still ongoing.
“It is confirmed that the woman who stole 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 which they effect the arrest of criminals because criminals these days now 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 act 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.