A Police Inspector, Alhassan Seidu at the Aburi District Police Command disguised himself as mallam to arrest the baby thief.
She reportedly stole the two-month-old baby from its mother at Aburi in the Eastern Region and it took about three months of painstaking investigation to arrest her and rescue the baby.
“Janet Zenabu who hails from a community near Tuna in the Savannah region travelled to work as a chop bar attendant at Aburi where she allegedly stole the baby.
“According to a Police source, the suspect on August 6 did not go to work, thus her landlady requested that she babysat her daughter whilst she (Landlady) prepared meals for her family.
“A few minutes later, at about 5:30 pm, the suspect informed the landlady that she was going to buy mobile phone airtime at the roadside. Janet, therefore, carried the baby along.
“After a while, the landlady got worried that the suspect had taken too long in returning. She, therefore, made an official complaint at the Aburi Police station.
“The case was subsequently forwarded to the Police Headquarters in Accra for further investigation.
“A Police officer identified as Inspector Alhassan Seidu at the Aburi District Police Command, whose wife is the chop bar operator the suspect worked for, decided to voluntarily complement the Police’s investigation to smoke out the suspect and subsequently rescued the baby.
“As part of his investigations, he established that the suspect had relocated from her home village near Tuna to Babatomah near Kintampo, where her husband and mother-in-law live.
“Upon reaching the community, the Police officer disguised himself as a Spiritualist (Mallam), went to the Dagomba Chief’s palace to narrate the incident and showed a photo of the suspect to him.
“But the Chief and elders could not identify her as one of the residents in the community.
“Dissatisfied, the Police officer spent three days in the community in his quest to locate the whereabouts of the suspect.
“Luck eluded the suspect when the officer, on a Tuesday afternoon arrested her in the residence of her mother-in-law following a tip-off.
“The suspect initially insisted that she gave birth to the baby. Janet however confessed when she was told that she was needed at the Police Headquarters in Accra.
“The suspect, our Police source said, was pregnant earlier, but suffered a miscarriage before leaving for Aburi. As such, upon return to the village, she told her husband and her In-law that she delivered while in Aburi.
“She renamed the baby- Sakira,” myjoyonline.com reports.
After her arrest, Janet’s husband although he initially didn’t believe her when she returned home to claim that she had given birth, he had no evidence to the contrary.
He recounted how his wife got pregnant but suffered a miscarriage following a quarrel between them.
The rescued baby is said to be in a good health, but Janet is expected to face prosecution for her conduct.
The development has reinforced conversations about how societal pressure on women to have children at all costs is pushing some of them into absurdity.
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