35-year-old Rifkatu Haruna has been arrested by the Nasarawa State Police Command for allegedly stealing a three-year-old male child in the state.
Haruna along with 18 others were paraded on Wednesday in Lafia. The state Commissioner of Police, Adesina Soyemi, stated that she was apprehended in Garaku, in the Kokona Local Government Area of the state.
The suspect was said to have been on the wanted list of the police, and was finally apprehended following a tip-off received by men of the command.
The commissioner added that preliminary investigation revealed that Haruna, who allegedly collaborated with other suspects, stole the baby from Garaku town and planned to sell him to a prophetess in Enugu .
“The traffickers took the child to Enugu State, but could not sell him, so they brought him back. The suspect ran out of luck and was arrested; other accomplices are still on the run.
“We are now trailing the other suspects and I promise to do everything within the law to ensure that they are apprehended no matter their status in the society,” he added.
The suspect while speaking to Newsmen said she was arrested in Garaku town while returning the baby to his mother. She, however, denied belonging to a syndicate, adding that she only helped the woman to rescue her stolen child.
Haruna said, “I am not a member of the gang and I did not steal the baby. I only wanted to help the mother of the child locate her stolen baby. I am innocent of the crime.”
Soyemi gave a note of warning to all criminal elements demanding that they leave the state. He further added that all the suspects would be transferred to the State Criminal Investigation Department in Lafia for further investigation after which they would be charged to court.