AWKA—THE Anambra State police command has rescued 12 children allegedly stolen in various parts of the country and kept in the commercial city of Onitsha.
The state Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, Mr.Mohammed Haruna said the children have been kept under protective custody while investigation into the matter was continuing.
Haruna recalled that the police had in October last year arrested three female suspects at Nkpor Market near Onitsha, including their alleged sponsor, one Nkechi Odinye, 55, believed to the main buyer of stolen children.
Haruna said that following the confession of Odinye and while acting on a tip-off, police detectives attached to 33 Division, Onitsha in collaboration with operatives attached to the Command’s
Special Anti-Cult Section(SPACS), stormed the hideout of the principal suspect, Nkechi Odinye and effected her arrest at Obosi in Idemili North local government area of Anambra State.
He said: “The suspect, who evaded arrest for over three years has remained on the run and was busy changing locations until her arrest. “The team equally rescued twelve children of various age brackets, comprising of eight boys and four girls reasonably suspected to have been stolen from different parts of the country under her custody.”
Onlinenewsngr recalls that following intelligence report, police detectives attached to the Anambra State command arrested three female suspects at Nkpor for engaging in child trafficking.
The children were allegedly stolen in Gombe State by
one Hauwa Musa and brought to her accomplices in Anambra State and following public announcement by the command on 27th October 2019, parents of the two kids from Gombe State came to Awka and identified their children.
The children were reunited with their parents, while the suspects were handed over to Gombe State Police Command for further investigation and prosecution.
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