The police in Anambra state have arrested five members of a child stealing/ trafficking syndicate operating in the state and rescued eight stolen children.
In a statement released today September 15, Haruna Mohammed, the spokesperson of the state police command on Sunday, September 13, police detectives attached to Onitsha Area Command received an intelligence report on the illicit activities of members of the syndicate.
“In collaboration with the Command’s State intelligence Bureau (SIB), the police detectives arrested fIve members of the syndicate.
“They are identified as (i) Mrs Joy Lazarus ‘f’ aged 40years of NO. 138 Urata area Aba, Abia State,
“(ii) Janet Gideon ‘f” aged 22years of No. 12 irete Street Owerri, lmo State,
(iii) Gideon Bobby Gods power ‘m’ aged 26years of Port Harcourt in River State,
“(iv) Wisdom Ndubuisi ‘m’ aged 26yrs of Chokosho Village PH, Rivers State and,
“(v) Chukwudima C. Nwogu ‘m’ aged 29years of No. 138 Urata area Aba, Abia State.”
Haruna said the suspects specialize in child snatching, child stealing and trafficking from different parts of the country especiaIIy South East and South-South Geo-political zones.
“Preliminary investigation revealed that the children (five boys and three girls) were stolen from Rivers Bayelsa, Imo, Abia and Anambra States both at gun points and through stealing after which they were sold to the kingpin in Abia State.” he said
Haruna said upon interrogation, the suspects voluntarily confessed that they usually steal the children and bring to their sponsor, Mrs. Joy Lazarus of Urata in Abia State who allegedly buys the children at the rate of between two hundred and four hundred thousand (#200-400,000) naira depending on their age and gender.