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Nigerian Baby Kidnapped in South Africa Found Unharmed



Yesterday, the Nigerian media sphere was agog with news of the kidnap of a six month old baby belonging to Nigerian parents living in South Africa. The boy who was reportedly kidnapped from his home in Bezuidenhout Valley, Johannesburg by his parent’s neighbours was found safe on Thursday.

According to Lt-Col Lungelo Dlamini of the Gauteng police, the child was “found in good health in Fordsburg”.

The police have also arrested the Pakistani couple who allegedly kidnapped him and tried to slit his nanny’s throat on Tuesday.

According to a report by the SouthAfrican news portal, the Pakistani couple would face charges of kidnapping and attempted murder when they appeared in the Johannesburg Magistrate’s Court. The couple were said to have kidnapped the son of Ifeanyi Jones, named Revelation Jones, leaving the baby’s nanny Veronica Kanda for dead . They also locked his six-year-old daughter in the house.

The father of the abducted baby, Ifeanyi Jones, said for several hours he and his wife Khanyisile had been phoning the nanny and the house, and no one had picked up the phone. The Nanny’s husband, Daniel Kanda, said his wife had told him the attack had taken place early in the morning. She was carrying the baby when the couple attacked her. “They wrestled as the couple was trying to pull the baby  her; until she fell to the ground, and (the couple) started attacking her. They were attacking her with shoes. The mafromn tied a rope around her neck, that is when she collapsed,” he said.

The Pakistani couple were said to have demanded a R100, 000 ransom. Earlier on Thursday, Dlamini, the Police Officer said: “The father received an sms late yesterday (Wednesday) saying that they (the kidnappers) were demanding R100,000 for the baby”.

The police however found the couple and the baby following a tip-off from the public.

We are glad the innocent baby has been found and returned to his parents.

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. Timma

    January 11, 2013 at 6:49 am

    We thank God for his mercies

  2. tessa

    January 11, 2013 at 7:28 am

    Thank God for the safe return of the baby.If this happened in this God forsaken country , nigeria,twas gonna take 3 months before they find the baby.Thank God for the South African police.

  3. Floxy

    January 11, 2013 at 8:06 am

    @tessa pls oh my nigeria is not godforsaken if God has forsaken u he has not forsaken me or us perhaps just comment on d issue or tank God for d lyf of revelation jones lol wht a funny name nd stop insulting naija u re forever a naijarian whether u lyk it or not

  4. Stellamaris

    January 11, 2013 at 8:30 am

    We tnk God 4 hs divine protectn nd tessa,pls Nigeria cn neva b any gud if u kp pronouncin negativity, so chang ur orientatn nd let ur wrds b seasond

  5. Nifesimi Folaranmi

    January 11, 2013 at 8:47 am

    all thanks to God

  6. Gold

    January 11, 2013 at 9:16 am

    Glory be to God.

  7. nnenne

    January 11, 2013 at 9:29 am

    Thank God

  8. Ade

    January 11, 2013 at 2:22 pm

    Thank You my Lord Jesus Christ! You are awesome!

  9. Turayo Tijani

    January 13, 2013 at 7:46 pm

    I thank the public who provided information to find the culprits.
    I thank the South African police for finding the baby and for maintaining a good relationship with the public, for the public to trust them enough to help them solve a crime.
    I thank that particular South African local govt for keeping that slogan of “The police are your friends”

  10. khanyi

    January 16, 2013 at 8:56 am

    To everyone who was praying for my son thank you and thank you, before the need arises the supply will be waiting, indeed He is too dependable, and too faithful to fail. Indeed he remember all my offerings and my sacrifices, Thank you Jesus.

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