How petrol attendant stole my nine-month-old baby - mother
A32-year-old petrol attendant was arrested penultimate Tuesday after she allegedly stole a baby from a shop in Orodu Street, Ajegunle area of Lagos.
Jennifer Onyebuchi was tracked down at a village in Anambra State by policemen from Lagos after she was accused of selling the nine-month-old baby to a couple at N150, 000.
However, Onyebuchi claimed that she went away with the baby with the consent of its mother.
It was alleged that the petrol attendant posed as a friend to the baby’s mother and pretended that she was going to buy him biscuits. But when she noticed that Biodun Adetole’s mother’s eyes were not on her, she quickly boarded a commercial motorcycle and disappeared with the baby.
Police investigations revealed that the suspect had been on a close watch of both mother and child since the baby was born.
Ayo Adeola, 42, who sells kerosene in jerry-cans, told Daily Trust that she suspected the petrol attendant’s false closeness to her and the baby, but could not summon the courage to report her to the management of the petrol station.
“I found it extremely funny that any time I went to buy kerosene in their station she would always want to carry my baby. Sometimes, when the queue was very long and slow, she would volunteer to help carry my baby underground, under the pretence that the weather was too hot.
“I suspected her at first, but I dropped my suspicion as time went by. She was always asking to know where I live, but each time she raised the discussion, I would cover it up.
“It was so until one day when I went to buy kerosene as usual from the fuel station. Again, she demanded to know where I stayed. I was not too willing to tell her, but after a series of persuasion, I reluctantly gave her the address of my shop.
“On that fateful day, she arrived at my shop around 11 am. And when I asked if she was not working that day, she replied that she was not on duty.
“We talked for a while. You know women talks. It was then that she demanded to know if the Mallam who owns a kiosk by my shop was selling biscuits and drinks; and I said yes.
“She said she would like to buy some for my child. I was watching her from the corner of my eyes as she went to the kiosk. However, someone came to buy some items from me. So I went into the shop to pick up the item.
“When I came out of the shop I discovered that she was nowhere to be found. I ran after her, heading towards the direction, but she had suddenly disappeared,” she recounted.
The 42-year-old mother of two said she started calling Onyebuchi’s phone number immediately.
“At first, her telephone rang, but she refused to take her calls; and later, the phone went off. It was then that the enormity of what had happened dawned on me - my baby had just been stolen. Many things went through my mind. What was I going to tell my husband when he returned?” she said.
The woman, who is still in shock and has suddenly become hypertensive as a result of the incident, said the four days her baby was away was like hell. She said the matter was immediately reported to the police, who went to her place of work, but she was nowhere to be found.
The commissioner of police, Lagos State command, Fatai Owoseni, who paraded the suspect, said she was tracked down at a village between Okija and Abia, adding that efforts were on to arrest other members of the gang.
The 42-year-old mother and her child