Godday Obi who was allegedly stolen has been found and the seven-man cartel responsible for the crime has been apprehended by the Imo State Police Command.
According to Orlando Ikeokwu, the arrest was made on Tuesday in the capital city, Owerri.
Furthermore he disclosed that the raid was possible with the help of Nkechi Iroegbu, a 39 years old suspect, who lead the anti-kidnapping squad of the command to the hideout of the other culprits of the gang, and a successful arrest was made.
Officer Ikeokwu said, the arrest of the culprits are part of the efforts and commitment of the command in handling issues of child trafficking in the state.
He went further to add that all tactical heads of the command has been charged to deal with issues relating to child trafficking in the state by the State’s Commissioner of Police, Olaniyi Fafowaro.
Ikeokwu added that the operation was successful due to the coordination of the command and a credible intelligence.
He said “On January 12, the command received a report of a stolen child, one Godday Obi, 5 years old, at Umuejechi, Nekede, Owerri West LGA of Imo state.
“Acting on that report, the command’s Anti- kidnapping unit swung into action and upon credible information, arrested one Nkechi Iroegbu, 39, a native of Akoli Imenyi, Bende LGA, Abia state. She confessed to the crime.
They all confessed to their various roles and led the operatives to the recovery of the stolen child”
The culprits apprehended are; Nkechi Iroegbu; 46 years old Eucharia Onwuduba of No. 31 Aniekwe Street, Fegge Onitsha, Anambra State; Chukwudi Ndukwe and Edu Akpan of No. 102 Elelenwo Street Port Harcourt; 50 years old Chinyeaka Gregory of No. 11 Boundary Road Umungasi Aba; 49 years old Chidimma Ekwundu from Awka, Anambra State and 39 years old Chinwendu Uzonwu of Oba in Anambra State.
Meanwhile it was revealed by Ikeokwu that the investigation team has been charged to prosecute the suspects after carrying out their investigative process.
As Compiled By Jaja Otokini
And Edited By Knight Fredel
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