Three-month-old baby has allegedly been stolen by an unknown woman during a church service at St. Theresa’s Church, Anyiin, Logo Local Government Area of Benue State.
Vanguard gathered from sources that the incident took place during the church service, when an unknown woman, who stood at the entrance of the church, approached the mother of the stolen baby, one Mrs. Mbatumun Oseh, and offered to help her hold the baby to avoid being pushed down by other members of the church.
According to our source, Mrs. Owen obliged her and thereafter, the strange woman also offered to sit at the back seat with the baby to avoid distracting members, while the baby’s mother sat in front.
Mrs. Oseh, however, detailed one of her children to sit close to the woman, while the service went on.
However, the woman sent the older child to a nearby shop to buy her sachet (pure) water, but before the girl came back, the woman had disappeared with the baby.
The little girl raised alarm that attracted church members, who searched the entire premises, but the baby and the woman could not be found.
Commenting on the incident, the parish priest of the church, Rev. Fr. Bernard Achuku, said the entire parishioners were shocked by the incident, adding that efforts were on to locate the woman and the missing baby.
The matter was said to have been reported to the police at Ayiin and Ugba, the local government headquarters.