Diyal, a student of College of Health Technology, Zawan, in Plateau, made the confession while speaking with newsmen when she was paraded by the Plateau Police Command on Thursday in Jos.
The News Agency of Nigeria recalls that the baby belonging to one Mrs. Mary Chukwuebuka of Zaramangada area of Jos was stolen three days after she put to bed at the Plateau Specialist Hospital.
NAN also recalls that Diyal, before her arrest, had claimed that she gave birth at a kidnappers’ den.
She also claimed that she registered for antenatal care at the Jos University Teaching Hospital.
“My husband and I have sought medical attention to ascertain the reason for our childlessness, but to no avail.”
“I have contacted many orphanages to adopt a child, but none granted me the opportunity, that is why I resorted to stealing.”
“I regret this desperation. I wasn’t thinking straight when I stole the baby. I plead that justice is tempered with mercy,” she pleaded.
Mr Isaac Akinmoyede, the Police Commissioner in Plateau, attributed the timely arrest of Diyal to the “painstaking and diligent investigation” by his officers and men.
“Currently, the command is investigating her claim that she committed the crime alone,” Akinmoyede said, stressing that the case would be charged to court immediately the investigation was concluded.