Police arrest woman for stealing new-born baby in Ibadan

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The Oyo State Police Command on Tuesday said it has arrested a woman identified as  Itunu Adepoju for alledgedly stealing of a three-day old new born baby from her mother in Ibadan, the Oyo State Capital,but was traced to Lagos by detectives and got arrested.

Penpushing reports that the Command in a statement by its spokesman, Adewale Osifeso which was made available to journalists in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital said preliminary investigation revealed that the baby was stolen from her mother, Monsurat Lateef who delivered her at a Mission House, in Yahora Faith Mission, Itamerin, Ogbere, Ibadan.

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“On Tuesday 19/07/2022, the baby mother proceeded to Abaemu General Hospital, Ona-Ora to initiate immunization proceedings for her daughter from where she met the suspect who approached her as a friendly patient who also sought medical intervention.”

“Unknowing to Monsurat, the suspect had just suffered a stillbirth and had been referred to the same health facility for scan. They got chatting and the suspect indicated interest in moving down to Ibadan from Lagos and was in dire need of accommodation’.

‘Monsurat Lateef ’36yrs’, driven by empathy decided to oblige the total stranger by assisting her with the house search. The complainant decided to invite the suspect over to spend the night with her because at the time, the house searching had encroached into late evening.”

“In what seemed a premeditated action around 1300HRS, the suspect, Itunu Adepoju who had now totally gained the confidence and trust of her host pleaded to use a nearby Point of Sales Terminal with the three (3) day old baby carefully tucked away on a back.

‘The money she intended collecting according to her was sent to her by her fiancée for the purpose of completing the rent process. Monsurat obliged the suspect before she later realized she had been tricked and that the suspect had absconded with her child’.

Penpushing also reports that Osifeso however said investigation is ongoing, adding that the matter would be charged to court upon its completion, urging people of the state to cooperate and assist the Police by providing timely and credible information.

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