By PAMELA EBOH, Awka
Police in Anambra State has bursted another child stealing syndicate in Ihiala, Ihiala Local Government Area of the state.
Two suspects, Chinecherem Odurukwe, aged 19-year-old, an indigene of Ogboro, Isiala village Ihiala and 10-year-old Chinedu Adom, indigene of Umuozu village, Nwangele LGA, Imo State have been were arrested in Imo State in connection with the crime.
It was gathered that the Principal suspect usually uses the 10-yr-old suspect to lure the children using biscuits either in the markets, schools, or other isolated places and takes them to Imo where they sell the children for One hundred thousand Naira only.
Confirming the incident, the state Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, CSP Haruna Mohammed said, “On 22/01/2021at about 5:pm, one Mrs Charity Ogochukwu Azubuike ‘F’ of Afam Ezialla Village Ihiala reported at Ihiala Police Station that her two years old son, Master Testimony Obiajulu Azubuike got missing inside the market and all efforts to locate him proved abortive.
“Meanwhile, following the report,police detectives commenced investigation and on the 23/1/2021 two suspects were arrested in Imo State in collaboration with Imo State Police Command.The Suspects are,
“The Principal suspect usually use the ten years old suspect to lure the children using biscuits either in the markets,schools,or other isolated places and take them to Imo where they sale the children at the paltry sum of One hundred thousand Naira(#100’000) only.
Suspects have voluntarily confessed to the crime and the rescued child is in good health condition.He has been reunited with his parent.Case under investigation and effort is ongoing to apprehend other accomplices in order to bring them to justice.
“Consequently, the Commissioner of Police CP John B.Abang, urges parents and guardians to always monitor their children and caution them against collecting items or following strangers in order not to fall victims of child stealing syndicates.”