Ogun State Police Command has arrested a 39-year-old man identified as Olakunle Agbaje for allegedly stealing a two-month-old baby for ritual.
Police spokesman, Abimbola Oyeyemi, who confirmed the arrest, said Agbaje was caught sneaking into a room of a nursing mother, Marufu Taiwo, to steal her two months old baby who was sleeping beside her at No. 32, Odukoya street, Adesan in Mowe area of Obafemi Owode Local Government Area.
While Agbaje was tiptoeing out of the room, Mrs Taiwo woke up and raised alarm consequent upon which distress call was made to the police. Oyeyemi said:
“The arrest of the suspect followed a distress call received by the police in Mowe divisional headquarters that a woman, Marufu Taiwo, was sleeping in her room at Adesan area of Mowe when the suspect who resides at No. 13 Dennis Street, Arigbawonwo, sneaked into her room and took the baby boy from her side.
“While the suspect was tiptoeing out of the room, the mother of the child woke up and raised the alarm consequent upon which distress call was made to the police. On receiving the information, the DPO Mowe division, SP Marvis Jayeola, quickly moved to the scene with his men where the suspect was promptly arrested.
“On interrogation, the suspect who first claimed that he strayed into the woman’s room unknowingly later started begging for mercy with the plea that he didn’t know what pushed him to do what he did”, Oyeyemi said.