The shock from the abduction of two-year-old Khadija by an unknown woman in Kuje area of the Federal Capital Territory on Saturday, forced her mother into premature labour on Sunday.
The girl’s father, Mr. Umar Suleiman, informed Northern City News on the telephone on Sunday that the girl was kidnapped in their former neighbouhood in Kuje while he was away in Akure.
Suleiman had on Saturday announced the abduction of his daughter on his Facebook wall.
In the post, which was published at 3:58pm, he said, “This is my daughter. Her name is Khadija. She was snatched two hours ago by a woman in Kuje. Please, anybody who sees her should report to the nearest police station. My number is 08022416077.”
Narrating what transpired on the fateful day, Suleiman said, “Yesterday (Saturday), when I was going for a job in Ondo and took a flight to Akure, I left my wife and daughter at home.
“The mother (his wife) is pregnant and, at a point, she started feeling a discomfort. She decided to visit the hospital while she kept our daughter, who is two years and seven months with our former neighbours where we lived for two years before relocating to the Low Cost Estate where we’ve only spent three months.
“On the mother’s return, the neighbours told her the girl had gone to buy ‘wara ’ (milk cake) in company with a neighbour’s son , a 10-year-old. The boy later returned to say a woman had snatched the girl from him.”
The father, who said he was talking to our correspondent from the police station where the incident was reported, said, “Because of that discomfort, the mother went into labour. She was in shock and could not be delivered of the baby. This morning, (Sunday), they had to conduct a caesarean section on her because the baby’s heartbeat was not proper, they had to do the surgery.”
When contacted on Sunday, the FCT Police Public Relations Officer, Anjuguri Manzah, said he was not aware of the case.