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Woman steals neighbour’s 5-month-old baby

Abuja: Miss Blessing Udesi, a resident of Karimo, a suburb of the FCT, has gone into hiding after allegedly stealing her neighbour’s five month-old baby.

Udesi, an indigene of Abia State is alleged to have disappeared with the baby on March 11, after she stole the baby from his aunty while teaching in a private primary school in Karmo in FCT.

The mother of the baby, Mrs Cecilia Aripu, who is a staff of SCC, a Construction company in Utako in FCT, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Tuesday in Abuja that she had gone to work entrusting the care of her baby to her younger sister.

The victim’s sister was said to have taken the baby to the school and later handed over the baby to Udesi whom the family trusted as a neighbour, who was living in the same compound since December 2009.

Aripu said Udesi moved into the house of a male friend who lived in the same compound with his family.

“Since we had a cordial relationship with her boy friend, we thought we knew Blessing well and that is why she was able to take my baby away from my sister on the pretence that she was taking him home from my sister’s school.

“My sister after closing from school discovered that both Blessing and the baby had not returned home.

She then called Blessing who said she had gone to Karmo market and that she said that she was on her way home,’’ Aripu narrated.

Aripu said her sister called her at work two hours later upon discovering that Blessing had disappeared with the baby.

“Upon getting home, I discovered that Blessing had since switched off her mobile phone and when we could not reach her I reported the case at the Karmo Police Station.

She said the Police arrested her younger sister along with Blessing’s boy friend and another lady who was discovered to have accommodated Blessing in Karmo.

Aripu said the Police did not make any headway as the woman said she accommodated Blessing who approached her for shelter where she was frying beans cake also known as “akara’’ out of pity.

NAN learnt that Blessing’s boy friend claimed to have met her in a bus before she moved in to live with him and had no information on her background.

When contacted, Police Public Relations Officer in the FCT Command, ASP Moshood Jimoh, who confirmed the incident, said the case had been transferred to the State CID for proper investigation.


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