Father of kidnapped five-day-old baby detained


The police in Kogi have detained a man who claimed that his five-day-old baby was stolen at gunpoint in his home in Ijagbe, Mopa-Muro local government area of the state.

The man, Tosin Ojuola, alleged that his baby was stolen at about 8 p.m. on April 11 by gunmen.

Police are treating Mr Ojuola as a suspect in the case.

“I left home and was on my way to church for vigil on that fateful night when I suddenly heard my wife’s voice crying and shouting for help.

”I quickly ran back to my apartment and my wife told me that two armed men had forcibly taken our baby away and run into the nearby bush,” Ojuola told NAN.

He added that he reported the case immediately at the Divisional Police Station in Mopa, but ended up detained on April 14.

“The police told me that the community leaders demanded for my arrest, claiming that the village oracle (Ifa) revealed that I have a hand in the stealing of my own baby.

“Meanwhile, before my arrest, three of the community leaders came to my house on the third day and said that they were going to make sacrifice to their gods to expose the perpetrators and recover my baby…

“To my greatest surprise and shock, it was the same people that asked the police to arrest and detain me for allegedly stealing my own baby,” he said.

He also said the case was on Wednesday transferred to the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) at Police Headquarters, Lokoja.

Kogi police commissioner, Hakeem Busari, when contacted, confirmed that he was aware of the matter.

He, however, could not immediately tell the police’s side of the story.