From Uche Nnorom, Makurdi, with agency report
Three babies were kidnapped at different locations in Makurdi, the Benue State capital, in the last one week.
It was learnt that the abducted babies are between the ages of one and five years.
A relative of one of the kids, who identified herself as Aver, told our correspondent that they were at the Wurukum market when some strange faces stormed the area and snatched the baby from the mother at gunpoint.
The second abduction also happened at the same market, where a trader was made to part with her baby at gunpoint.
It was also learnt that the third child was kidnapped in the same area but not inside the market, a development that has been causing the people of the area sleepless nights.
A trader in the market, who spoke on condition of anonymity, stated that the situation might have been triggered by the fast approaching yuletide.
He said, ” You know Christmas is fast approaching and such cases of kidnapping, snatching and the likes are usually on the increase.”
The State Commissioner of Police, Mr Hyacinth Dagala, confirmed the report but said only two babies were kidnapped, but not at gunpoint.