A 26-year-old woman simply identified as Divine was allegedly caught in the process of kidnapping a six-week-old baby in Makurdi, Benue State.
Divine was said to have stolen the minor, Doochivir Ukeyima, at number 26 Tony Odu Street, Gyado Villa, Makurdi.
The suspect was spotted by a 10-year-old girl named Hembadoon Tersoo while she was trying to escape. The young girl then made a call and alerted the mother of the baby.
It was gathered that the mother of the child, Mrs. Doris Ukeyima, who was engaged in cleaning activities behind the house raised the alarm, which led to the arrest of the abductor.
Narrating the incident,the father of the child, Mr. Samuel told Punch that the incident happened on Thursday. According to him, the lady came into the house from the bush path at the back yard, knowing fully well that his wife was not in the house.
But unknown to the kidnapper, another neighbour was somewhere watching her.
“The lady came to the house through a bush path behind our house. My wife left the child alone in the house and was weeding the premises. The lady went straight into my apartment and carried the baby but unknown to her, a neighbour was watching her.
“It was the girl who alerted my wife and she raised the alarm leading to the arrest of the woman.”
His wife who couldn’t contain her excitement, thanked the neighbours around her vicinity for the swift alert. According to her statement, she had just stepped out of the house and doing some house chores when she heard the cry of the little girl calling that someone had taken her baby.
The suspect is currently being detained at E Division, Makurdi.
When contacted on the incident, Benue State Command PPRO, ASP Moses Yamu, said, “I don’t have that report yet, I will have to find out.”