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Hoodlums steal newborn from Bauchi nursing mother’s home

A 19-year-old woman from Ishehi hamlet in the Misau Local Government Area of Bauchi State has been arrested by the police for allegedly stealing a newborn.

The suspect, Hajara Usman, was said to have stolen the infant after conspiring with an 18-year-old man, Ibrahim Usman, of Dugurgama Hamlet.

The Police Public Relations Officer, Bauchi State Command, Ahmed Wakil, disclosed this in a statement made available to journalists in the state on Thursday.

Wakil, a Superintendent of Police, said a resident of the Galawa area of Akuyam District reported the incident at Akuyam Police Outstation that his daughter’s newborn baby was stolen around 4.30am on Tuesday.

The statement read, “On July 25, 2023, around 7am, one Adamu Baka (55) of the Galawa area Akuyam district of Misau Local Government Area reported at Akuyam outstation that around 4.30am, unknown persons broke into the apartment of his daughter who recently gave birth and stole with the newly-born baby.

“Upon receiving the report, a team of detectives was immediately mobilised and earnestly swung into action and eventually arrested the hoodlums.

“The stolen baby was recovered from one Hajara Usman, female (19) of Ishehi hamlet who conspired with one Ibrahim Usman, male (18) of Dugurgama hamlet to steal the baby.”

The police spokesman said the investigation was still ongoing to unravel the motives behind the incident, adding that the suspects would be profiled and charged to court for the established offences at the end of the investigation.

Wakil added that the command’s detectives recovered a sack containing an AK-47 rifle with six rounds of live ammunition which was abandoned by an unknown person after sighting security agents.

He said, “On July 23, 2023, around 9.30pm, the command’s detectives attached to Tulu Divisional Police Headquarters acted on credible intelligence from the village head of Sabon Garin Tulu that an unknown person was sighted around the area.

“A team of detectives moved to the scene but the suspected person, on sighting the policemen, took to his heels.

“He abandoned his sack containing one AK-47 riffle alongside one magazine with six rounds of live ammunition.

“Investigation has commenced and collaborative efforts are being intensified to arrest the fleeing suspect.”

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