The Niger State Police Command, has arrested 51-year-old Blessing Jeremiah, for stealing a three-year-old girl in Niger State and attempting to transport her to a buyer who had paid her N530,000.
The suspect was said to have stolen the child from her parents in the Tudun-Natsira area of Minna, the State’s capital.
The woman, Jeremiah was arrested while trying to board a luxurious bus to transport the child to Nnewi in Anambra State.
Abiodun Wasiu, spokesperson of the State police command, confirmed the development on Friday, adding that the abducted child has been reunited with her parents.
“On October 25, 2023, at about 1930hrs, one Mrs Blessing Jeremiah, 51 years of Keteren-Gwari, Minna was seen at luxurious bus park around Maitumbi bye-pass Minna, in an attempt to board a bus to travel with a three-year-old girl suspected to have been abducted.
“Police operatives attached to Tudun-Wada Div were immediately drafted to the park and arrested the suspect with the girl child. During interrogation, she confessed that she took the child named Rahanat Abubakar, from a compound in the Tudun-Natsira area of Minna on the same date at about 1800hrs.
“She claimed that she intended to take the child to one Mrs Ejima at Nnewi, Anambra State who contracted her to get a female child for her at the rate of N530,000, while a sum of N230,000 was recovered from the suspect.
“However, the girl child has been reunited with her family, case is under investigation at SCID Minna as effort is ongoing to apprehend the said Mrs Ejima,” Wasiu stated.