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Punch reports that according to the baby’s mother, Alimat Adebowale, a biscuits seller in the market, the suspect was well known to most of the traders in the market and had lived in the community for over four years until a few months ago when she traveled.
T-girl was said to have returned to the neighbourhood last week and went to the market where the traders welcomed her.
It was learned that she had approached Adebowale who was breastfeeding the baby and took the child from the mother under the guise of playing with him.
She reportedly strapped the kid to her back afterward and sat on a chair behind his mother, who was busy attending to customers but after some time, the mother did not see her again when she was done with her customers.
A trader, Kemi Agboola, who explained the disappearance of the suspect said:
“Nobody knew when she (T-Girl) disappeared from the market with the baby. The mother had looked back to check on Kudus when she discovered that she had left the market with her child.
We called her number, but she didn’t pick our calls. That was when it occurred to us that she had stolen the baby.
I don’t really blame Iya Kudus. She thought the child was in a safe hand because almost everybody here knows T-Girl.
She would come to buy things here and play with us. She is from Ibadan (Oyo State) and had lived here for more than four years before she traveled some months ago.
She came back last week.”
The suspect was later arrested in Ibadan after some passengers with whom she boarded a bus en route the ancient city raised the alarm.
A resident narrated how T-Girl was arrested:
“It was said the bus had a minor accident on the way to Ibadan and the driver had to wait for some moments. As they were waiting, Kudus started crying and the passengers urged her to breastfeed him. She refused.
As the baby’s cries increased, they compelled her to breastfeed him and she reluctantly agreed. But the baby did not suck her breasts, which made the passengers to be suspicious.
After threatening to beat her up, she said she was taking the baby to her mother in Ibadan.
The passengers took her to the Yemetu Police Station in Ibadan, and she eventually confessed to having stolen the baby in Badagry.
The police in Ibadan contacted the Badagry Division and the mother and her husband traveled there to recover their child. He is two months old.”
The relieved mother who also spoke on the incident said she initially refused to give her baby to the suspect when she went to her stall in the market.
“People were playing with my baby that day when she said I should also allow her to take him, but I refused.
She asked if she had offended me and pleaded that I should let her carry him. I suddenly discovered that I didn’t see her again and people joined me to search for her to no avail.
My child was two months old that day. The woman used to come here to buy drinks and play with us. I am now with my baby.”
The police in Ibadan said the suspect gave her real name as Yetunde Awosanya, and identified herself as Alimat’s friend.
“She said she traveled with the baby with the consent of his mother. But after interrogation, it turned out that she was lying. The case will be transferred to Lagos,” a police source said.
Confirming the arrest of the suspect, the Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), SP Dolapo Badmos, said the suspect would be transferred to the command for further investigations.