Fabiana Paulinus, a Nigerian woman, has stolen her neighbour’s son.
The woman reportedly disappeared with her neighbour’s nine-month-old baby in Amaiyi Umuaka in Njaba LGA of Imo state.
The incident reportedly happened on Wednesday, two weeks after another neighbour in the Amako community in the state, ran away with four children believed to be between the ages of two and four years.
Vincent Durugbo, a resident of the Umuaka community, told TheCable that child theft has suddenly been on the rise in the entire Njaba LGA.
Durugbo said Precious Duru, mother of the baby, newly moved into a house in the Amaiyi area, adding that the suspected abductor is a teacher at St. Saviours Catholic Secondary School, Umuaka.
“The poor girl is about 19 years old from Oguta LGA. Although, she is not married but has a baby of nine months,” he said.
“You will recall about two weeks ago, the same story was told in the Amako community where a neighbour also absconded with four kids and neither the neighbour nor the kids have been found up till today.
“You will also remember that the mother of the four kids hails from the same Oguta. This is because some parts of Oguta are ridden with crisis. That’s why so many of them are relocating to Umuaka.
“Child trafficking and stealing are gradually becoming a norm in my Umuaka community and Njaba as a whole.
“And whenever a matter of this nature, like that of missing four kids, is brought to the police, they will treat it with disdain and kick the matter out without putting up any effort. Our uniform people are compromised.
“We are not going to report this case to the police, because if we do, the poor lady will be left at her peril. I will follow up on this matter myself by reaching out to the abductor’s school.
“I believe the woman will be found. Only then, I will hand her over to the police.”
Speaking with TheCable, the mother of the abducted baby said she sighted her fleeing neighbour at Umuaka junction on Friday morning.
However, Duru said when she raised an alarm, the suspect escaped.
“I didn’t know she was a child trafficker. I parked in newly in the compound (this July) but she had stayed up to one year as a tenant,” she said.
“I did not have that close rapport with her but she only offered to carry my baby while I finish up with some house chores.
“But when I was done, she was nowhere to be found. This is three days now.
“Her room is locked. Some people living around have helped me search for her to no avail. I have nobody to run to. I am confused. Government and police should please help me.”
When contacted, Henry Okoye, Imo police spokesperson, said he was yet to be briefed on the matter but promised to revert when the command is acquainted with the issue.