Baby thief

I just needed a child to call me mother – Plateau baby thief

Leritshimwa Diyal, the 32-year-old woman, who has confessed to stealing a three-day-old baby in Plateau State Specialist Hospital, Jos has said the desire to have a child, who would call her mother, pushed her into committing the crime.

Mrs Diyal, a student of College of Health Technology, Zawan, in Plateau, made the confession while speaking with journalists when she was paraded by the Plateau Police Command on Thursday in Jos.

The baby belonging to one Mary Chukwuebuka of Zaramangada area of Jos, was stolen three days after she put to bed at the hospital.

When the matter was reported to the headquarters of the Plateau Police Command in Jos, it immediately commenced investigation which led to the arrest of the suspect.

Before her arrest, Mrs Diyal had claimed that she gave birth at a kidnappers’ den.

She also claimed that she registered for antenatal care at the Jos University Teaching Hospital (JUTH).

“I have been married for over seven years without a child; the desire to have one pushed me into stealing another woman’s child.

“My husband and I have sought for medical attention to ascertain the reason for our childlessness, but to no avail.

“I have contacted many orphanages to adopt a child, but none granted me the opportunity, that is why I resorted to stealing.

“I regret this desperation. I wasn’t thinking straight when I stole the baby. I plead that justice be tempered with mercy,” she pleaded.

Mrs Diyal also said she carried out the act without the knowledge of her husband.

The Police Commissioner in Plateau, Isaac Akinmoyede, attributed the timely arrest of Mrs Diyal to the “painstaking and diligent investigation” by his officers and men.

He explained that Mrs Diyal perfected her plans and leveraged on her deep knowledge of the terrain of the hospital, where she once undertook her industrial attachment, to steal the baby.

Mr Akinmoyede said she had faked her kidnap story thinking it would give her a strong alibi to have the baby, but that when she was confronted with realities, she confessed to stealing the baby.

“Currently, the command is investigating her claim that she committed the crime alone,” Mr Akinmoyede said, stressing that the case would be charged to court immediately the investigation was concluded.

The command also paraded one Ismaila Oladipo, a staff of Moulds Nigeria Limited, who allegedly killed one Patience Musa at his residence, on May 31.

“The command is also investigation the alleged killing; the suspect will be charged to court as soon as possible,” he said. (NAN)

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