The Anambra State Police has nabbed two members of a child-stealing syndicate, who specialize in stealing children in Anambra State and selling them in Imo State.
Police also recovered a two-year-old Anambra boy, Testimony Obiajulu Azubuike, who was stolen by members of the syndicate and sold for N100,000 in Imo State.
Spokesperson of Anambra State Police Command, CSP Haruna Mohammed, who disclosed the arrest of two members of the syndicate to newsmen, said the command acted on a tip-off.
CSP Mohammed said, “On 22 January 2021 at about 5:pm, one Mrs Charity Ogochukwu Azubuike ‘F’ of Afam Ezialla Village Ihiala reported at Ihiala Police Station that her two-year-old son, Master Testimony Obiajulu Azubuike got missing inside the market and all efforts to locate him proved abortive.
“Following the report, police detectives commenced an investigation and on 23 January 2021, two suspects were arrested in Imo by our men, in collaboration with Imo State Police Command.”
He gave the name of the suspects as; Chinecherem Odurukwe, aged 19-year-old, of Ogboro Isiala village Ihiala and Chinedu Adom, aged 10-year-old of Umuozu Village of Nwangele LGA of Imo State.
It was gathered that Odurukwe uses the 10 years old suspect to lure the children to him using biscuits either in the markets, schools, or other isolated places and take them to Imo where they sell the children at the paltry sum of one N100,000 only.
Mohammed said the suspects have voluntarily confessed to the crime, while little Master Azubuike has been rescued and also in good health condition.
“He has been reunited with his parents and the case is under an investigation, while efforts are ongoing to apprehend other accomplices in order to bring them to justice,” Mohammed said.
In his reaction, the Commissioner of Police in Anambra State, CP John B. Abang urged 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.