30, for allegedly stealing a month-old baby from her mother.
The Commissioner of Police in the state, Murtala Mani, disclosed this
while addressing newsmen on the activities of the command in Uyo on
Mani spoke through the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, ASP Cordelia Nwawe.
He said that the suspect lived in the same compound with the mother of the baby at Mbak Itam in Itu Local Government Area.
He said that the family unit of the command through intelligence trailed
the suspect, rescued and reunited the baby with her mother.
In November, the ACID Section through the Family Unit recorded a great
feat by bringing back a one month and some few days old baby to her
mother in Akwa Ibom.
The suspect, a trader, who has been married for some years without a
baby, left Lagos state to Uyo, stayed in a compound in Mbak Itam with
the intention to steal a baby from her neighbour.
The family unit through intelligence report was able to rescue the baby back to the mother,” Mani said.
Confessing to the crime, Peace Chukwuemeka said she was married for 10 years and was desperate to have a baby.
She, however, denied giving the mother drug before stealing the baby.
She said: “I did not give anything to the mother, it was a coincident
she was asleep and I seized that opportunity to take the baby.
“I have married for 10 years now so I needed a baby of my own. I took
the baby to my mother in the village but she refused to collect her from
So I came back to Akwa Ibom and the owner of the baby started asking me of her baby, so I was arrested,” Chukwuemeka said.
Speaking to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) the baby’s mother, Fatima Ibrahim, thanked God for bringing back her baby.
She said that the suspect was staying with them in the same compound at
Mbak Itam, adding that she “drugged” her to sleep and thereafter stole