The police at Abayi Division, Abia State have arrested a woman identified simply as Chioma for allegedly abducting the twin boys (pictured) of her ex-tenants Mr. and Mrs. Okwudili Nwaeze.
It was gathered that Chioma visited her former’s tenant home to, according to sources, “exchange pleasantries with them.”
Mrs. Nwaeze, who was on her way to the bathroom, apparently uncomfortable with the visitor, changed her mind and waited until she (Chioma) left the compound.
Mrs. Nwaeze was said to have gone back to the bathroom, leaving her twins (James and John) inside their room, unknown to her that her ex-land lady was still in the compound.
A source close to the Nwaeze family said: “When she finally returned to their room, the twin babies (James and John) had disappeared. It was at this point that she started to raise alarm.
In agony, she began a desperate search for her babies. Neighbours who had seen Chioma carry the babies told Mrs. Nwaeze that her ex-tenant had the babies.
An Afor Ule market trader, Abayi Aba, said nobody suspected that Chioma could abduct the babies because she had lived with the children’s parents before the incident.
She said Chioma, on getting to Afor Ule junction, flagged down a commercial tricycle driver, who took her and the kids away.
An unconfirmed report said Chioma had, at the initial contact with the children’s family, demanded a ransom of about N10million, which the family told her they did not have.
On how the ex-landlady was apprehended by the police, sources said she was caught by some people selling wares at the Afor Ule market. They spotted her while she was attempting to drop the children on the main road.
They took her to the Abayi Divisional police station where the Nwaezes had reported that their children were missing.
When contacted, the Abia State Police PPRO, Geoffrey Ogbonna, said he was yet to be briefed on the incident.
But, a police source at the Abayi Police Division confirmed the incident, adding that the police were still investigating the matter.