A Child buying and selling syndicate who stole a 2-year-old child from 27 Test Oluwale street, Olodi Apapa, have been arrested in Lagos State.
The arrest of the child buying and selling syndicate, was confirmed in a statement by the state police command spokesperson, CSP Chike Oti. The arrest of the suspects came after one Nwoagbo Ekene of 27 Test Oluwale street, Olodi Apapa, made a complaint alleging that his two-year-old daughter suddenly disappeared and all efforts made to trace her whereabout proved abortive.
The officer in charge of the Anti-kidnapping Squad, SP Musa Bulus, was directed by the Command Commissioner of Police, CP Edgal Imohimi, to use all the assets at his disposal to unravel the mystery behind the disappearance of the little girl after the complaint.
The statement reads in parts;
Consequently, investigation was instituted and in the course of it, one Ms. Joy Okoye, 28, of No.64 Kirikiri street, Olodi Apapa was arrested in connection with the case. On interrogation, the suspect revealed that she and one Amarachi (surname unknown ), a female,who is still at large, stole the child and sold her for three hundred thousand Naira (N300, 000.00) to one Ms. Uju Obieze, female, 40, of No.8 Okwe road, Asaba, Delta state.
Acting on this revelation, detectives proceeded to Asaba and apprehended the said Uju on September 13, 2018. The said Uju confessed to have bought the child from Joy Okoye but added that the deal was done jointly with one Ifeyinwa Ezene, female, 46, of No.2, Eze Bishop street, Onitsha, Anambra state, where Ifeyinwa Ezene was apprehended and she confessed to the crime by corroborating the statements of the other two suspects. She added that the child had been resold to one Ifeoma Okoye, female, who lives in Enugu.
The trio led detectives to No.40, Amaechi street off Agbani road, Enugu, where, on September 14, 2018, the victim was rescued from the relatives of the said Ifeoma Okoye who were mourning her, having died a week earlier.
The little girl has since been reunited with her parents. Meanwhile, the suspects will be charged court tomorrow, 3/10/2018.