A desperate young woman identified as Onyebuchi Jennifer was arrested on Tuesday in Anambra state for stealing a baby in Lagos state.
The 26-year-old, in a confessional statement, said she did it to deceive her lover into marrying her as the condition was that she must be with child before any form of union will happen between both of them.
The nine-month-old baby belongs to an acquaintance she had met briefly in Ajegunle.
Jennifer carried out the act on Saturday, September 26 and fled to her lover’s abode where she has been living since October 2014.
She narrated her story: “My mother died when I was in primary five. My father had died a few years earlier. My parents had two of us; but a few years ago, my elder sister died during childbirth. So, I was left alone in Anambra State without any relation.
“I gave birth to a child in 2010, but he died after six months. Last year, I met a man who promised to marry me after I had had a child for him.
“We started living together in October 2014. I was pregnant, but after three months, I had a miscarriage. I was troubled, and started running after traditional doctors and hospitals, but to no avail. I decided to come to Lagos to work and find a way to get a baby. I came to Lagos in June 2015.
“So, I came to the Ajegunle area and I got a job as a fuel attendant. While I was working, I met the baby’s mother and we became friends.
“On that Saturday, I went to her shop, which was near the filling station. I said I was going to the Boundary area to buy an item and I would carry her baby with me. She did not object. So, I took the baby from her, and boarded a bus to Anambra State to meet my lover.”
“I did this so that he could pay my bride price and marry me. I did not tell the baby’s mother that I was taking him to Anambra. We left on Saturday and got to my place on Sunday. I had the intention to bring the baby back after my bride price had been paid. I lied to my husband that I had been pregnant before I left and gave birth to the baby while in Lagos.
“He believed me, and I took good care of the baby for four days before the police showed up in our apartment.
“My lover immediately dissociated himself from me. He had not paid the bride price before the police arrested me.”
The boy’s father, Adeniyi Adetola, was ecstatic to reunite with his son again.
He said, “We are taking the boy to the hospital for further treatment today (Tuesday). The mother and I are happy to have our baby boy back. The baby is my second child, and I appreciate the police for doing a good job on this case. I also appreciate God.”