A middle-aged woman has been arrested for stealing a 7-month-old baby in the Diobu area of Port Harcourt.

The incident took place at No 77 Akwuzo Street, Mile 1 on Monday.

The suspect, who visited her boyfriend in the area, was said to have carried the boyfriend’s neighbour’s son and vanished.

However, the boyfriend denied knowledge of the lady’s intent to abduct the child but availed her phone number to a local search team.

According to witnesses, a manhunt ensued for the suspect with teams dispatched around the area.

Bounce News gathered that available technology and software were deployed using SAT 213 tracker which was used to locate the culprit’s phone and she was eventually arrested at Eleme junction together with the missing baby.

One of those involved in the mission narrated to Bounce News how the woman was nabbed.

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“We swung into action by immediately activating all our contacts across Rivers State into an urgent search with the only information at hand being the phone number of the lady who took away the baby which we got from a person who she called on the phone earlier.

“We put a call through to the number but to no avail, at that point it became worrisome and we instructed that the matter should be reported to the police while we applied available technology and software at our disposal which eventually paid off with the SAT 213 tracker that was able to locate the girl’s phone.

"When we eventually called and she picked, she immediately switched off the phone.

“As we write we were able to get the woman and the missing 7-months-old baby back around Eleme junction and we took them to the Government House Security just to avoid the lady being lynched to death if we take her to Diobu.

"After reporting the incident there, a call was put to Mile One police station and the matter was handed over to them for further investigation.

“We sincerely wish to thank all those who on getting the information acted by spreading the news that helped in increased pressured to help us locate the missing child and the lady," the source said.

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