The Ondo State Police Command on Tuesday said it had arrested a man identified as Wasiu Mamukuyomi for allegedly conniving with his girlfriend, Temitope Adeniyi, to abduct his three-month-old baby at Oke Bola Area of Ondo town, Ondo State.
The command, however, said Temitope had been arrested with the baby, after absconding for three days of.
According to the mother of the abducted baby ( Mamukuyomi’s wife ), Mrs Stella Babatunde, the abductor was introduced to her by her husband to be trained in tailoring but did not know that she was her husband’s girlfriend.
She alleged that her husband lied to her that the lady was his friend’s wife, which she later discovered to be untrue.
Stella said, “My husband brought the lady (Temitope) to me on December 3, 2020, to train her in tailoring but I later noticed that the lady and my husband usually communicate on the phone whenever we were together in the shop.
“On Saturday, January 2, 2021, the lady came to the shop as usual. After bathing my baby girl that afternoon, she took permission from me to put the baby on her back. I later gave her my ATM card to help me withdraw N3,000 that was transferred to my account by a customer at a nearby POS stand.
“She never returned as she escaped with the newborn baby and my ATM card. After some hours that she did not return with my baby, I put calls across to my husband several times to inform him about the incident, but my husband refused to pick my calls.
“When my husband came back from work, he did not show any concern over the missing baby. It was at that point we invited the police to arrest him. He was later taken to Ẹnuọwa Police Station in Ondo where he confessed that the lady in question was his girlfriend.
“He also confessed that he was the one who rented an apartment for the lady at the Eweje Area of Yaba, Ondo, but denied knowing anything about the abduction of the child.”
The State Police Public Relations Officer, Mr Tee-Leo Ikoro, said the command had arrested the father of the baby and the girlfriend, saying an investigation had commenced into the incident.
“The father of the baby is in our custody while the baby has been recovered from the suspect alive. The investigation has commenced,” Ikoro stated.