After her youngest child was taken by an unknown man, a 23-year-old mother of three called out.
Fatimah Kabiru was washing laundry in Dakwa community near Dei-Dei under Bwari Area Council of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja, on Monday, November 8, 2021, around 10:00 a.m.
Fatimah’s 3-month-old baby started fussing while she was doing laundry, so she asked Mariam, her 5-year-old daughter, to take her outside to play with her.
A man enticed Mariam and her younger sister out of the compound by promising to buy them juice while they were playing.
Mariam followed the man to an unfinished structure, where he took the baby away from her and told her to wait.
Mariam followed the man to an uncompleted building, where he then took the baby from her and asked her to wait for him in the uncompleted building.
After waiting for a long time for the man to return with her sister and the juice, Mariam returned home, crying, and narrated to her mother what had happened.
At this point, the mother raised an alarm and rushed to the said uncompleted building in search of the man but there was no sign of him.
The traumatised mother reported the matter at Dakwa Police Station, located a few meters away from the scene of the incident, but was told to come back and report if the baby was not found after 48 hours.
It’s been over one week and the child still hasn’t been found.
The father of the baby, Kabiru Musa, a staff member of the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC), was away in Imo State for training when the incident occurred.
Residents said this isn’t the first time such has happened in the area.