A woman, Falilat Olatunji was on Wednesday arrested by men of Ogun State Police Command for allegedly stealing a four-month-old baby boy, Ibrahim Bello to cover up her fake pregnancy.
Falilat, who was arrested 24 hours after she allegedly stole the baby in a room at Iyana-Kajola, Mile 2, Abeokuta, was said to have lied to her husband that she was pregnant.
The mother of the baby, Taiwo Bello, was reported to have left her sleeping four-month-old baby in the room while she went to wash clothes behind the house.
Mrs Bello was reportedly shocked when she got back to the room to check her baby and discovered that the baby has been taken away by an unknown person.
The Police Public Relations Officer in Ogun State, Abimbola Oyeyemi confirmed the incident in a statement on Thursday in Abeokuta.
Oyeyemi said the suspect was arrested following a report by one Abdul Akeem Dawodu who reported the matter at Sabo Ilupeju police station.
The PPRO added that Dawodu explained further that the mother of the missing baby raised the alarm which attracted a lot of people to the house and that up till the time, he reported the matter at the police station, the baby had not been found.
Oyeyemi said “Upon the report, the DPO Sabo Ilupeju division, CSP Alhasan AbdulAzeez mobilised his detectives to the scene and commenced a full-scale investigation into the case.
“Their efforts yielded a positive result when the suspect was sighted at Ilewo-Orile with the baby and she was promptly arrested.
“On interrogation, the suspect who resides at No. 23 Jawando Street, Ayobo, Lagos confessed to stealing the baby but claimed that she only wanted to use the baby to deceive her husband whom she had earlier informed that she was pregnant.
“Investigation further revealed that the suspect had once lived in the same house with the parents of the baby and that she was present during the christening of the same baby.
The PPRO added, “The baby has been reunited with his parents.”
He said the commissioner of Police, Bashir Makama has ordered the immediate transfer of the suspect to State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department for further investigation and prosecution.