Ogun State Police Command has rescued three years old girl, Patience Francis, and arrested the suspect.
Patience was abducted at the Redemption Camp of the Redeemed
Christian Church of God (RCCG) in July 2017 during her monthly Holy
Ghost Congress but rescued on December 29.
The suspect, 28 years
old woman, Anuoluwapo Joshua, was said to have stolen the girl to meet
the persistent demand by her husband to bring the child of a pregnancy
she claimed to have had for him.
Public Relations Officer, Abimbola Oyeyemi, who confirmed the arrest of
the suspect, said the suspect stole the baby during the monthly Holy
Ghost congress of the RCCG when the victim’s mother went to pack her
clothes at the Children’s church.
“The mother of the child
reported that the child was stolen by an unknown person when she went to
pack the children’s clothes in the new auditorium where she had gone
for prayers with her husband. All efforts to know the whereabouts of the
child since then proved abortive.
“Luck however ran out on the
suspect on the 29th of December when the child was sighted inside the
youth center at redemption camp during the Church organized children’s
end of the year party.
“On receiving the information, the DPO
Redeemed division SP Olaiya Martins led detectives to the center where
they waited until the end of the program when the suspect came out to
pick the child and was promptly arrested.She has since confessed to the
“She admitted that she lured child out of her parents
sight and took her to Ofada area where she has been taking care of the
child since then. Investigation further revealed that the suspect had
earlier got pregnant for somebody in Lagos but traveled to the north
where she claimed she has delivered if a baby girl.
“But when she
came back from the North,she didn’t come with the baby which made the
man who impregnated her to put pressure on her to bring his child for
“She later informed her relatives that she was going to the
Nasarawa state to bring the child but went to Redeemed Camp where she
stayed for some days before succeeding in stealing the child which she
presented to her relations as her daughter,” Abimbola stated.