Operatives of Ogun State Police Command have arrested a 14-year-old housemaid, Favour Iwuozor, for allegedly abducting the two-year-old son of her mistress.
The command’s spokesman, Abimbola Oyeyemi, disclosed this to journalists in Abeokuta on Tuesday.
He said the suspect was arrested on Monday in Sagamu area of the state after a complaint was lodged at Sagamu police division by one Victoria Nwafor.
He explained that Nwafor told the police that she saw a 14-year-old girl on December 22, 2021, with a very sick two-year-old boy in Yaba, Lagos.
“She stated further that the girl was begging for alms under the pretence that the small boy is her younger brother and that their parents died in an accident in December 2020.
“Out of compassion, the woman took both of them to her house in Sagamu in order to take care of the little boy’s deteriorating health condition.
“But immediately the boy fully recovered, the suspect wanted to single-handedly take the boy to Imo State and this aroused the woman’s suspicion prompting her to report to the police.
“Upon the report, the DPO Sagamu division, CSP Okiki Agunbiade, detailed detectives to bring the girl for interrogation.
“On interrogation, the girl confessed that she was a maid to the mother of the little boy and that she left with the boy on December 19, 2021, with the intention of taking him to Amraku Umorsu in Isiala/Mberna Local Government Area of Imo State.
“She stated further that she took the baby from the church during Sunday school, and since the Sunday school teacher knew her with the baby’s mother, she had no problem releasing the baby to her.
“She explained further that she decided to beg for alms in order to raise transport fare to Imo State,” the PPRO said.
He added that the commissioner of police, Lanre Bankole, has ordered that the baby’s parents be contacted, while the case be forwarded to Lagos State command where the crime was committed.