A 45-year-old woman, who’s name is yet to be ascertained escaped lynching by angry mobs, the lady is currently cooling off at Ozubulu Police station, Ekwusigo Local Government Area, Anambra State for purportedly stealing a three year old boy, master Kamsiyochukwu Onwughalu.
Trouble started for master Onwughalu, when his mother, Mrs Uchechukwu Onwughalu, asked his elder sibling to look after him while she rushed to the community palm kernel oil mill for some oil last Friday morning.
As the children in company of others who joined them later, were playing, a strange woman, came to them and brought out money, asking the elderly ones among them to go an buy akara balls for them to share and the elderly ones went immediately, leaving master Onwughalu with the woman and because she has not perfected her plan to whisk away the boy, she asked them again to go and buy bread.
On return she directed them for the third time to buy biscuits and they left happily while the boy was still with the stranger.
As they came back, neither the boy nor the strange woman was seen, prompting them (children) to shout in disbelief which attracted the attention of passers-by.
The boy allegedly was stolen earlier
Immediately after being informed of what transpired between them and the stranger, the people, with the aid of village urchins and idlers, mobilised and organised a search party that went and laid ambush at the community exit routes, having been given the description of the
strange woman by the children who claimed that they would identify her if seen.
Speculation was rife that she may have also handed over the boy to her accomplice to help in any suspicion as she would be alone if caught and it happened as speculated.
Luck however, ran out on the strange woman when she was seen being carried on a lady motorcycle alone, without the boy.
Coming closer in one of the exit routes, one of the children identified her and in the process the bike was flagged down but instead of stopping, sped off and was pursued by the villagers up to Ekwusigo junction where she intended to board a vehicle back to her destination.
At the said junction she was caught, beaten and as they wanted to lynch her, she was quickly thrown into a vehicle by those who did not want jungle justice and taken to Ozubulu Police station where she is presently cooling off at.
Parents of the boy, Mr and Mrs Nonso Onwughalu, told Orient Weekend that, “since the day of this incident till now, nothing tangible has been done by the police at Ozubulu to recover our stolen son from the stranger.”
“The worst is that her members come to the police station daily to feed her and have even demanded for her release claiming she has fell sick”.
“Since the Ozubulu Police station could not do anything to recover our son from the suspect, we have petitioned the State Commissioner of Police, Mr John Abang for his intervention, maybe by Tuesday we may know what next but we plead to the Police to prevail on his men at Ozubulu for a discreet investigation ” they stated.