Abia State Police Command has said it has apprehended one Adaeze Lawrence of Amaogbonna Road, off Osisikakwu street in Aba for the alleged abduction of a one-month-old infant.
The Command said the arrest was made on August 14 by the Abia State SWAT team in Aba after receiving credible information.
The arrest of the suspect was made known through a press release, signed by Chioma Maureen Chinaka, Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO of the Command on behalf of the Police Commissioner, Kenechukwu Onwuemelie.
According to the release, during interrogation, the suspect, Adaeze Lawrence, confessed to abducting the child from Owujie Onyinyechi Gift’s residence, situated at 5 Cricke Road, near Nigeria Brewery, Aba.
Investigations by the Police, according to the press release, revealed that the suspect and the baby’s mother’s elder sister were schoolmates.
“The suspect took advantage of this relationship to gain the baby’s mother’s trust.
The suspect, under the pretence of visiting her friend, requested to celebrate the new baby’s birth. On their celebration outing, she absconded with the baby.
“Upon the suspect’s arrest, Adaeze Lawrence denied the crime but medical examinations from the police clinic disproved her claims, leading to her confession.
The Abia Police Command said the child’s biological mother positively identified the baby, confirming the abduction took place on August 6, 2023.
The Command also advised the general public to maintain constant supervision of their children and exercise caution when strangers take an interest in their children, especially in public places.
The Police assured that an investigation into the matter is still ongoing.