A 20-year-old woman, Favour Nwachukwu has said that she abducted a four-year-old Aisha Rayanu in her school in Ikot Ekpene, Akwa Ibom State to replace her child who was stolen by thieves.
The suspect made the confession on Tuesday at police headquarters Ikot-Akpanabia Uyo, while being paraded alongside a fake female constable as well as other suspects.Odiko Macdon, the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, told journalists that the victim was rescued by operatives of the Anti Child Theft of the State.
Describing the incident as unfortunate, the PPRO said the suspect would be charged to court as soon as the investigation is completed.
According to him “on 18th January 2022 at about 5pm one Shuiabu Rayanu of N0 1 Sani Ogun road, Ikot Ekpene reported that on the same date, she took her children to Methodist Township Primary school, No 34 Chubb road, Ikot Ekpene and that at the close of school she went to pick them but could not find her 4years old daughter, Aisha Rayanu.
“On enquiry, she found that an unknown person has gone to school and taken her away to an unknown destination. On receipt of the case, detectives of Anti Child Theft, SCIID, Uyo tactically and painstakingly traced and arrested one Favour Nwachukwu Prince of Ikot Effiom Estate, Akpabuyu local government area of Cross River State.
“She confessed to the alleged crime that she went to the said school and took the child to her boyfriend, an ex-militant, in a camp located at Essighi, Akpabuyu local government area in Cross River State in replacement for her own child that was stolen.“Little Aisha whose name was changed to Mirabel, had been with the said ex-militant till her rescue on 17th March 2022 by detectives from the Anti Child Theft section. Though she has since been reunited with the family, they are here with us at the headquarters.”