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Police concerned as child thefts surge

28 August 2013, 07:30Augustine Osayande

Abuja - The police have alerted members of the public on the sudden increase in cases of child theft in some parts of the country.

In the latest such incident, a resident of Masaka town, Nasarawa State reported to the Police that a woman disappeared with an infant she had left under her care while she attended a church service in Goshen City.

Efforts to trace the woman and the baby have so far proved unsuccessful.

Frank Mba, police Public Relations Officer, said investigations were ongoing and the police were intensifying efforts to apprehend the suspect and recover the child.

Last week in Abia State, a woman was badly injured when a mob attacked her accusing her of trying to escape with a two-month old baby belonging to another woman.

She was alleged to have stolen the baby from the parent’s house in Umuozuo Village while the baby’s mother was doing household chores.

The suspect is now in police custody until investigations are complete.

While it is commonplace for barren couples to steal children, minors are also stolen for ritual purposes in Nigeria.

- CAJ News


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