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Child Theft: Woman returns stolen baby to church after 13 days


An eight-month-old baby stolen at a Pentecostal church around Nnebisi road, Asaba, Delta State, two weeks ago, has been secretly returned to the same place.

LeadershipNg reports that Darasimi Olaleye, the eight-month-old baby was stolen by an unidentified woman while her mother, a chorister, was engrossed in worship activities two Sundays ago, a situation that sent the church congregation in disarray. Surprisingly, last Friday, under the cover of darkness, the baby was returned to the Pentecostal church. The baby was discovered by some church members at about 7pm last Friday with a letter strung to his neck, apparently by the woman who had made away with him.

Speaking to Leadership, the baby’s father, Mr. Victor Olaleye, disclosed that the baby was discovered at the entrance of the church with a letter attached to his neck by the woman who stole him. According to him, the letter read:
�Please, you people should forgive me, I don’t mean any harm. I am a childless woman; a pastor of a church directed me to steal a child, and keep it for 14 days, and that at the end of the last day, I will be able to be pregnant and give birth to children of my own. So I acted on the instruction that very pastor gave to me, and again, you can see that the child is healthy because I took good care of him. I am troubled I could not keep the child as I also learnt that the pastor of the church where I stole the baby and the entire church members had placed a curse on me”.
Expectedly, the return of the eight- month- old baby, however, elicited wild jubilation among church members, including the parents of the baby, who danced freely outside the church premises praising God.

The Police’s acting Public Relations Officer in the state, ASP Preston Roland, confirmed that the letter had been handed over to police detectives at the A Division Asaba where the matter is being investigated.

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