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Catholic priest arrested for abducting baby

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A Reverend Father, who claimed to be the parish priest at Our Lady of Fatima, Woliwo, Onitsha, Anambra State, Rev. Father Chike Ejiofor, has been arrested by the Osun State Police Command for his alleged involvement in the abduction of an 18-monthold baby, Abdullahi Azeez, in Osogbo, the Osun State capital.

 

The Commissioner of Police in Osun State, Mr. Fimihan Adeoye, led other officers to parade the suspects at the police headquarters in Osogbo. One of the suspects, 28-year-old Joy Esu, said she had approached the mother of the baby at her shop and pretended that she wanted to learn tailoring and the mother accepted.

 

Two days after, Esu said she absconded with the baby when the mother went to the market to buy some things. She said she gave the baby to her boyfriend, Sidney Onwuka. Onwuka was said to have sold the baby to one Maxwell Agu, who claimed to be running a government registered orphanage at Orlu, Imo State.

 

Esu said she did not know if her boyfriend was using charms to manipulate her, adding that he had never given her any money despite stealing six children which he sold. She said: “He (Sidney) always sent me to do anything and I would go without hesitation. I even sold my daughter to him, but he didn’t give me ordinary N5.” The boyfriend, Onwuka, said he had sold six babies to the operator of the orphanage, including his own child, adding that the operator paid him N200,000 for his child

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