by ‘Jola Sotubo
A woman in Abia State has been arrested by police officers attached to the Abayi Division of the state on suspicion of kidnapping.
The woman, identified simply as Chioma, allegedly abducted the twin sons of her former tenants, Mr. and Mrs. Okwudili Nwaeze.
According to reports, Chioma went to the couple’s new home on the pretext of paying them a visit but instead went into the house when no one was looking and took the boys named James and John.
The Nation reports:
The Nation gathered that Chioma visited her former tenants’ home to, according to sources, exchange pleasantries with them.“
Mrs. Nwaeze, who was on her way to the bathroom, apparently uncomfortable with the visitor, changed her mind and waited until she (Chioma) left the compound.
Mrs. Nwaeze was said to have gone back to the bathroom, leaving her twins (James and John) inside their room, unknown to her that her ex-land lady was still in the compound.
A source close to the Nwaeze family said: “When she finally returned to their room, the twin babies (James and John) had disappeared. It was at this point that she started to raise alarm.
In agony, she began a desperate search for her babies. Neighbours who had seen Chioma carry the babies told Mrs Nwaeze that her ex-tenant had the babies.
An Afor Ule market trader, Abayi Aba, said nobody suspected that Chioma abducted the babies beacuse she had lived with the children’s parents before the incident.
She said Chioma, on getting to Afor Ule junction, flagged down a commercial tricycle driver, who took her and the kids away.
An unconfirmed report said Chioma had, at the initial contact with the children’s family, demanded a ransom of about N10million, which the family told her they did not have.
On how the ex-tenant was apprehended by the police, sources said she was caught by some people selling wares at the Afor Ule market. They spotted her while she was attempting to drop the children on the main road.
They took her to the Abayi Divisional police station where the Nwaezes had reported that their children were missing.
When contacted, the Abia State Police PPRO, Geoffrey Ogbonna, said he was yet to be briefed on the incident.
But, a police source at the Abayi Police Division confirmed the incident, adding that the police were still investigating the matter.