In a recent development, Plateau State Police have apprehended a woman named Patience who had abducted her friend’s 10-month-old baby over a month ago in Jos, Plateau State, and fled to Ikorodu, Lagos State. Fortunately, the baby has been safely recovered and reunited with the relieved parents.
The police in Plateau State initially stated that they arrested Patience. However, the woman, who is a mother of two herself, claimed that she voluntarily turned herself in, acknowledging that taking the baby without informing the mother was wrong. She expressed her deep affection for the child and insisted she had no harmful intentions.
Patience explained that while in Lagos, she maintained contact with the baby’s mother through calls, chats, and video calls, assuring her of the child’s well-being. However, due to allegations on social media that she had stolen the baby, she decided to seek guidance from the police in Lagos and eventually returned to Jos, where the local police picked her up.
The baby’s mother, who shares the same compound and workplace with Patience, expressed her joy at the reunion. She recounted that Patience had been caring for the child but had not received permission to take her away, making her extremely grateful to have her baby back.
The State Commissioner of Police, CP Julius Okoro, disclosed a series of arrests and ongoing investigations related to various criminal activities in the area. These offenses include the kidnapping of seven University of Jos students, culpable homicide, defilement, criminal conspiracy, rape, receiving stolen property, armed robbery, vandalism, and possession of illicit drugs, among others.
CP Okoro commended the cooperation and intelligence provided by the citizens of Plateau State, emphasizing the police force’s dedication to preventing crime and ensuring the security of lives and property in the state. He highlighted ongoing efforts to apprehend other suspects involved in these crimes and bring them to justice.