Operatives of the Imo state police command on Sunday bursted an alleged child trafficking syndicate in Enugu.
The state police Commissioner, Abutu Yaro, made the revelation at the command headquarters in Owerri, while parading the suspects which include three females and two males.
According to police sources, members of the syndicate stole two children from Enugu state which they sold to one Doctor Innocent Onwudike of Unity Hospital, Awomama in Oru East local government area of lmo State. The said doctor reportedly paid one million for the children’s upkeep.
The command explained that the sundicate got bursted when police operatives trailed some of its members whom they followed to Enugu where they picked up the doctor.
“On 19th May, 2021 at about 12:30 hours one Mr Ossai Johnson ‘Male’ of Ngwo by Phinomar Road in Enugu State reported a case of missing children at the police Anti kidnapping Unit , Enugu. That his neighbour, one Kingsley Ehiedu ‘Male’ of Ngwo Step, Enugu left with his two children namely Ebuka Ossai and Oluomachi Ossai of the same address to Shoprite Enugu to buy them meat pie and ice cream.
When it became dark and she didn’t see them she had to report. After preliminary investigation it was discovered that Kingsley Ehiedu has ran away with the two children to Awomama in Oru East LGA of Imo state.”
The subsequently arrested after which his house was searched and items including one bag containing the sum of two hundred thousand naira, one Airtel Sim card, nose mask, three different bunches of keys and six GSM phones. He allegedly confessed to taking the children to one Dr Innocent Onwudike of Unity Hospital Awomama in Oru East LGA of lmo State. The doctor, who was subsequently arrested.
The doctor allegedly took the police team to his sister’s residence where he kept the children having bargained a one million naira payment for two weeks upkeep.
“He later took the police team to his sister residence in Owerri, one Mrs Ada Precilia Oluaha ‘Female’ of No. 27 Ngokpala Street Owerri , Imo State where he went and hide the two children.
On getting there the two children were recovered including one Ugonma Okerie Ruth, a little girl of four years. Investigation is still in progress to arrest the other members of the syndicate.”
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