Nanny abducts one-year-old boy in Calabar

A 17-months-old child has been kidnapped by his nanny, Covenant Bassey in Satellite Town, Calabar.

Barely six months since her employment, Bassey shocked the parents of the boy when they realized she had kidnapped their child on Friday.

In addition, the 18-year-old also carted away property from the house.

The first to notice their absence was the boy’s father, Ekpedeme. He had gone out to pick his other children, a set of twins, from school and upon return, he observed that the nanny and his third child, were nowhere to be found.


Having reported the incident immediately to the authorites, the father said, “When I got home on Friday around 2pm, I realised that the nanny had absconded with my one and five-month-old baby, David. The girl is just around 18 years. We have reported to the police, and they are on her trail.

“So far, the police have arrested the mother of the girl, and they have arrested some other people, but they claimed not to know her whereabouts. The nanny used to have a phone which we gave her few weeks after we employed her in January.

“But the phone got spoilt a week after we employed her. She is not an illiterate. She finished secondary school. We believe that the police are working to rescue our boy.”

The boy’s mother noticed the properties that had disappeared, she said, “We employed the nanny on January 2, 2016. She had been very nice and good to my baby. It is only David who is in her care. I also have a set of twins.

“It was when my husband returned from our twins’ school that he noticed the nanny had fled. Nobody saw her when she left. But we observed that she left with some property in the house. She left with clothes and shoes. But she did not go with most of her things. The matter is with the police.”

The Cross River State Police Public Relations Officer, John Eluu, said, “The case was reported by the father of the boy and the police are still investigating. We cannot give many details for now. The police are on their trail.”

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