Favour Iwuozor, a 14-year-old housemaid, has stolen her mistress’s two-year-old boy with the intention of transporting him to Imo State.
The maid grabbed the youngster from a Sunday school class in church, pretending to be sent by the mother, but she stole him and began begging for alms to gather money for transportation, according to the report.
She had informed unwary members of the public that the youngster was her younger brother, who had been abandoned by their parents, who had perished in a car accident in December.
On December 22, 2021, while asking for alms in Yaba, Lagos, one Victoria Nwafor saw the youngster was severely unwell and took him to her residence in the Sagamu district of Ogun State.
The Ogun State Police Public Relations Officer, Abimbola Oyeyemi, confirmed to newsmen on Tuesday that “immediately the boy fully recovered, the suspect wanted to single-handedly take him to Imo State,” saying this aroused the woman’s suspicion, hence she reported at Sagamu police division on Monday.
“Upon the report, the DPO of Sagamu division, CSP Okiki Agunbiade detailed his detectives to go and bring the girl and the little boy.
“On interrogation, the girl confessed that she was a maid to the mother of the little boy and that she left with the boy since the 19th of December, 2021, with the intention of taking the boy to Amraku Umorsu in Isiala/Mberna Local Government Area of Imo State,” Oyeyemi explained.
He said the maid had confessed that “she took the baby from the church during Sunday school period, and since the Sunday school teacher knows her with the baby’s mother, she had no problem releasing the boy to her.”
She had explained further that she decided to beg for alms in order to raise transport fare to Imo.
Meanwhile, the Commissioner of Police in Ogun, Lanre Bankole, has directed that the baby’s parents be contacted urgently, while the case should be forwarded to the Lagos State Police Command where the crime was committed.