Mrs. Dunji Diyal, suspected of child theft


32 years-old Mrs. Leritshimwa Diyal who ‘stole’ a baby in Jos, the capital of Plateau State last month may have performed poorly in her Medical Studies while worrying over her childlessness.
An Official of the College of Health Technology Zawang where she schooled told MKNews that Diyal ought to have graduated last year but failed several courses.
“Her mates graduated last year but she has carryovers, too many for her to be considered graduated,” said the Official who prefers anonymity.
The ranking nonacademic Officer of the college believes her underperformance was due to depression.
“The situation is very complicated. She was better-off when she started. She is depressed and needs serious help,” said the Official.
Mrs. Diyal was arrested on allegations of child theft which she has owned up to.
She however told Journalists while being paraded in Jos by Police that she wished she was dead.
Police are still hunting for her supposed accomplices in the crime before initiating her trial.
Observers are however of the view that the suspect being a victim of social stigmatization should be considered for trauma counselling not punishment.
Others recommend lighter punishment for her having owned up to the crime and shown remorse.
Mrs. Diyal is however likely to stand trial for faking her kidnap, impersonation and child theft which are grievous offences under the Nigerian laws.