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Two-Month Old Baby Stolen at a Market in Kano on Christmas Eve



Christmas in most societies around the world is a time spent with family, a time of joy, a time of laughter. Sadly, it turned sour for a couple in Kano State when their two month old baby was stolen on Christmas eve.

Sun News reported yesterday that the baby boy was stolen from his mother by a strange woman at the Mohammadu Abubakar Rimi Market in the state capital.

The father of the baby said that his wife, Amarachi Ufondu was plaiting the hair of another woman in the evening of Monday 24th December 2012. He gave the name of his missing son as Somtochukwu Favour Ufondu, saying he was just two months and two days old when he was stolen.

Here are some excerpts of the circumstances that led to the disappearance of the baby explained by the father, Ikechukwu Ufondu.

“My wife told me that she was plaiting the hair of a customer, while her neighbour was fixing the nails of another woman nearby.

“When the baby started crying, she untied her from her back and breastfed her. After breastfeeding the baby, just as she was about to return the boy to her back, the woman whose nailed was being fixed counseled against that, on the grounds that it was wrong to immediately back a baby that had just been fed.” He added that following this suggestion, “the lady then offered to help carry the baby saying that my wife was busy with the hair she was plaiting, a suggestion my wife bought without suspicion, even though she admitted she did not know the said lady.

“When they finished fixing the lady’s nails, she paid and received her change. My wife then asked her to return the baby, but she replied that she was not done with her nails yet. A few minutes after, she played a trick on my wife by sending her on a false errand. “The lady asked my wife to take a serious look at the hairstyle that was being made for another woman just a stone throw away, promising that she would want the same hairstyle as soon as she returned from the Christmas trip.

“That was all. My wife, unsuspicious of any ill motive, fell for the dummy by stepping across to take an intent look at the hairstyle that was being done by her colleague. By the time she turned, the purported Good Samaritan had disappeared into the crowd in the market,” the father said.

Mr Ufondu said he initially refused his wife entry into the house, out of anger, insisting that she should go and get their baby, but later calmed down. He said that the case has been reported to the police station and appealed to the commssioner of police to help arrest the woman who stole their baby.

It’s hard to imagine how sad this couple must feel after this unfortunate occurrence. We pray that their baby is found and returned to them in good health.

This also serves as a reminder for everyone to be extra vigilant especially during this festive period.

Adeola Adeyemo is a graduate of Industrial Relations and Personnel Management from University of Lagos. However, her passion is writing and she worked as a reporter with NEXT Newspaper. She believes that anything can be written about; anything can be a story depending on the angle it is seen from and the writer's imagination. When she is not writing news or feature articles, she slips into her fantasies and creates interesting fiction pieces. She blogs at


  1. Monica

    December 27, 2012 at 12:45 pm

    Too upsetting. May this lovely child be returned safely in Jesus name.

  2. Winny

    December 27, 2012 at 12:54 pm

    Naija Women’s desperation for a baby will not be their ruin. My fellow women please there are other avenues, like adoption, waiting on the Lord, don’t bow down to societal pressures your lives are over if you don’t have children.May the good Lord deliver this child back to his parents IJN and bring peace to this desperate woman that stole the poor child.

  3. Bunmi

    December 27, 2012 at 1:17 pm

    I pray they find the baby o, i can imagine what they must be going through now.

  4. Glam

    December 27, 2012 at 1:23 pm

    So sad. The woman must have had an accomplice lurking around, she couldn’t have pulled it on her own. Hope the baby be found IJN.


    December 27, 2012 at 1:32 pm

    Kai! This world don scatter finish! That woman has just signed her death warrant even if she doesn’t know it!

  6. moi

    December 27, 2012 at 1:46 pm

    this is so sad… i dont even know what to say! I pray they find the child IJN

  7. kikelomo

    December 27, 2012 at 4:28 pm

    Na wa oh….i fear humanbeing… is just too infortunate…may God touch her heart so that she brings back the baby in good health Amen……Mothers…tek note and b very careful even with your grown up children….at al time….we should try n know wia the kids are 23/7.

  8. kikelomo

    December 27, 2012 at 4:29 pm

    Typos are allow……..24/7

  9. Africhic

    December 27, 2012 at 4:43 pm


  10. NNENNE

    December 27, 2012 at 5:12 pm

    There we go again! my dear country people, learning and doing all the bad stuff.
    This is why I love BN…they do not promote all the negative news from the western world. Societies tend to live what their media portrays. So, so, sad.

  11. Julieth onyi

    December 27, 2012 at 5:38 pm

    So sad i pray dat d lord who gave them d child ll touch d heart of da woman

  12. Juliet onyii

    December 27, 2012 at 5:40 pm

    So sad i pray dat d lord who gave them d child ll touch d heart of da woman

  13. merry xmas BN readers

    December 27, 2012 at 9:49 pm

    People they try sha,I still can’t imagine carrying out such an evil act…


    December 27, 2012 at 10:46 pm

    nawaoooooo God will heip d mother in jesus name

  15. lara

    December 27, 2012 at 11:23 pm

  16. Sylvia

    December 28, 2012 at 3:50 am

    I pray the baby is found in good health

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