Bankole Taiwo, Abeokuta
A 26 year old house wife, Bunmi Adebayo residing at Magboro, Ogun State who was alleged to have stolen a 19 day old baby, David Oluwaseun in Modakeke area of Osun State has been arrested with the baby at Orile Imo by the Federal Special Anti-robbery Squad, FSARS of Ogun State Police command.
The Commissioner of Police in the state, CP Ahmed Ilyasu stated this at the police headquarters, Eleweran, Abeokuta while handling the baby boy back to his parent.
CP Ilyasu said that the police launched manhunt for the suspect following a report from her husband that there was something fishing about his wife’s claim to have given birth to the stolen child.
The husband, Mr Gbenga Adebayo was said to have observed that as natural with mother of newborn, his wife could not breastfeed the baby and that she could also not provide the baby’s placenta fuelling his suspicion that his wife was being economical with the truth. He then decided to report the incident to the police.
The suspect was said to have taken to his heels when she got wind that the matter had been reported to the police but was later arrested at Orile Imo, near Abeokuta where she was hiding to get away from the long hand of the law.
She was said to have stolen the child last month at Modakeke, Ife Osun State during her visit to her parents. The suspect was said to have disguised as someone in dire need of accommodation and that it was in the process of helping her to get a room apartment that she disappeared with the baby boy.
Speaking with the journalists, the suspect owned up to the crime and that it was in search of solution to her barrenness of 10 years that made her commit the theft.
She said that she had suffered about eight miscarriages and that she had been told by medical personnel at some hospitals visited that she would never have child due to the liver and heart disease that she had.
She revealed that it was in a move to cover up for the recent loss of pregnancy she had for her husband, Gbenga Adebayo that lured her into devising a plan to steal a newborn at Modakeke at about time she would have also given birth had it been the pregnancy stayed.
The suspect confirmed that her husband who had suspected foul play since she could not produce the placenta of the baby as well as her inability to breastfeed the baby reported the matter to the police.
Mr Oluwaseun Peter, the father of the baby said that the whole family had been thrown into incalculable sorrow since the disappearance of the baby saying that his wife, Eniola collapsed three times and had to be rushed to the hospital before coming back to life again.
He added that the family would eternally be grateful to the police for bringing back his first son saying that the news of the recovery of the baby in sound health had thrown the family to a round of celebration.