Police in Ekiti State has arrested Mercy Momoh for abducting a two-month-old baby in Ado-Ekiti, the state capital.
The suspect, a 39-year-old woman confessed that she stole the baby because of her hunger for a male child, claiming that due to her inability to bear a male child, her husband got married to another woman and may likely throw her out of the house.
Momoh, who hails from Edo State, was arrested on Saturday at her residence located at Odo-Aremu area, along old Governor’s Office in the state capital.
The baby was stolen from his mother, Mrs Funmilayo Sunday on Friday around 1pm at the State Secretariat.
It was gathered that the suspect tricked the baby’s mother into following her to the State Secretariat ostensibly to collect some relief materials being given by government to flood victims.
The suspect, on getting there, sent the baby’s mother to buy phone airtime for her, and then ran away with the baby before his mother returned.
Police command spokesperson, Caleb Ikechukwu confirmed the suspect was arrested on Saturday, adding that investigation was ongoing.
He said, “It is confirmed that the woman who stole two-month-old baby has been arrested by the operatives of the Ekiti police command.
“She was apprehended through intelligence made available to the police and would be prosecuted after conclusion of investigation.
“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.