The police in Imo state has arrested a syndicate that specializes in kidnapping and child trafficking.
A statement released by the CSP Mike Abatam, the media adviser to the Imo state Commissioner of Police, said on May 19th at about 12.30pm, one Ossai Johnson of Ngwo by Phinomar Road in Enugu State reported a case of missing children at the police Anti kidnapping Unit , Enugu. Abatam said Ossai alleged that his neighbor, one Kingsley Ehiedu left with his two children namely Ebuka Ossai and Oluomachi Ossai of the same address to Shoprite Enugu to buy them meat pie and ice cream.
”When it became dark and he didn’t see them, he had to report. After a preliminary investigation, it was discovered that Kingsley Ehiedu had run away with the two children to Awomama in Oru East LGA of Imo state. Thus the Imo State Command was contacted and they swung into action.
In the process, the suspect Kingsley Ehiedu was arrested and his house searched.
Items recovered from him include a bag containing the sum of two hundred thousand naira, one Airtel Sim card, nose mask three different bunches of keys and six GSM phones.
When interrogated, he confessed to having taken the stolen children to one Dr. Innocent Onwudike of Unity Hospital Awomama in Oru East LGA of lmo State. On getting there, the doctor had taken the two children to his sister’s residence in Owerri keeping them for two weeks and bargained to pay one million naira for them.
He later took the police team to his sister’s residence in Owerri, one Mrs. Ada Precilia Oluaha ‘F’ of No. 27 Ngokpala Street Owerri, Imo State where he went and hid the two children.
On getting there the two children were recovered including one Ugonma Okerie Ruth, a little girl of four years.”the statement read
Abatam added that an investigation is still in progress to arrest the other members of the syndicate.