A mother of two has been arrested for stealing a two-year old child by the police in Eleme, Rivers State.
The woman, a divorcee and resident of Agbonchia, was arrested last week Monday when the two-year old was reported missing by the parents.
The Neighbourhood gathered that the woman, a native of Eleme but who divorced her husband about five years ago and moved into another residence with the two children, in her custody, reportedly stole the child who she sent to a contact, another woman resident at Aleto, in sane Eleme.
The parents of the child, who raised alarm when they could not find their child, quickly alerted the community’s vigilance group and the police. Search commenced immediately with arrests, made. However, a vigilant resident of the area pointed fingers at her. Her denial did not last long as she confessed to stealing and sending the child to a third party.
Under interrogation, she took the police to the residence of the link, a pregnant woman of Akwa Ibom State origin, whom on sighting the police, attempted an escape by jumping the fence of the house. However, she was over–powered by the security agents who promptly took her into custody, with the Agbonchia suspect. When the police arrived her place, the stolen child was found asleep but was recovered and handed back to the mother.
It was gathered that the two-year old was the third child to be stolen by the woman.
In her confession, she revealed that for the times she stole children, she first took them to the contact at Aleto who eventually sold to the eventual buyer. According to part of her confession obtained by The Neighbourhood, the stolen children were sold to childless women. Some residents of the area who spoke The Neighbourhood doubted her story with one saying it was possible she had used one of the two for money ritual. “Since she packed out of her husband’s house, she’s been living a flamboyant lifestyle, raising suspicion as to her source of livelihood. She has even built a 2-storey building all herself. It is now obvious how she made her mimey”, an Eleme resident told the newspaper.
The two women appeared in court today in Port Harcourt and were remanded in prison custody. Two days after her arrest and detention, the pregnant woman was delivered of a baby.