In a heart-wrenching incident that has left the communities of Amaiyi, Umuaka, and Njaba in Imo State, Nigeria, in shock, a nine-month-old baby girl was abducted last Wednesday. Precious Duru, the distraught mother of the nursing baby, hails from the Imo State district of Oguta council.
News reporters in Owerri received confirmation of the kidnapping from an elder Vincent Durugbo, a local resident. According to Durugbo, the mother of the baby had recently moved to a house in Amaiyi, and the alleged abductor, reportedly a teacher at Saviours Catholic Secondary School in Umuaka, offered to assist her in carrying the child before disappearing with the innocent baby.
The young mother, aged around 19, is not married but has a 9-month-old baby. Sadly, this is not the first incident of child abduction in the region. About four weeks prior, a similar heartbreaking incident occurred in the Amako community, where a neighbor abducted four children, whose whereabouts remain unknown to this day. It is reported that parts of Oguta suffer from ongoing crises, leading some families to relocate to Umuaka for safety.
As the community grapples with this distressing development, concerns over the safety and security of children have heightened. Authorities, including the State Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO Henry Okoye, have been notified of the incident. However, at the time of filing this report, there had been no response from the PPRO.
Local residents are now urging law enforcement agencies to intensify efforts to locate the missing baby and bring the perpetrator to justice. The incident serves as a stark reminder of the need for increased vigilance and community support to protect vulnerable members, especially children, from such heinous crimes.
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