Police in Kitwe on the Copperbelt Province have launched a manhunt for a Congolese man who allegedly abducted a baby on Friday over an unsettled debt of three thousand kwacha.
Copperbelt Province Police Commissioner, Charity Katanga confirmed the incident in a statement made available to media in Ndola yesterday.
Ms. Katanga explained that Hellen Ng’angu aged 22 of house number N84, Bulangililo Township reported the matter to the police after her one year six months baby went missing.
Ms. Katanga further explained that this was after the suspect was left with the baby and when contacted on phone by Ng’angu, the Congolese man said he will only return the child after the debt is settled.
The Police Commissioner said Ng’angu didn’t know about the debt in question as it was her husband who owed the Congolese man who was not at the house when the suspect went to inquire about the money.
“Since she (Ng’angu) had the number for the Congolese, she called him. The Congolese responded that he had carried the child and will only bring back the child after offsetting the credit.
The mother tried to plead with him but the Congolese refused returning the child unless the condition was met. This is when she decided to report the matter at Riverside Police Station for assistance,” Ms. Katanga explained.
She stated that Ng’angu does not know how the credit came about and that more details will be gotten from Ng’angu’s husband.