Four child traffickers, including an evangelist were arrested and paraded on Wednesday, June 15, by the police for allegedly kidnapping a four year old child from her school, St Joseph Primary School in Umuhu-Okabia in Orsu local government area of the state.
Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Andrew Enwerem who paraded the suspects said that the little girl Chinasa Okeke was abducted by Chibueze Okorie,20, in connection with Chinonso Ogbedi, Ijeoma Ogbuehi, an acclaimed Evangelist and Joy Nwosu all of Orsu local government whose plan was to sell the child.
According police Mr Enwerem, the child was rescued following information from the members of the public on the whereabouts of the suspected human traffickers.
“On Friday, we received distress calls that one Chinasa Okeke was stolen from her school, we swung into ation immediately where we rescued the child unhurt and arrested these four miscreants in the process who have all confessed to the crime”. the PPRO disclosed
Confirming the incident, the prime suspect, Okorie said that Miss Ogbuehi asked him to abduct the little child, promising to reward him with two hundred thousand Naira (N200,000) when she gets a buyer but unfortunately for him, she never got to pay him as at the time of their arrest. Ogbedi, Nwosu’s boyfriend, said the child was sold in Ihiala, Anambra State for an unspecified amount
Ogbuehi, a graduate of Trinity College of Ministerial Acts, Aba in Abia state denied promising to give Okorie N200,000 as he alleged, claiming to be legally qualified to adopt less privileged children, even as she failed to show any certificate to back her claim.
The rescued girl has since been reunited with her parents as her father, Mr Matthew Okeke, who expressed gratitude to the Nigerian Police Force for saving his daughter’s life.
The suspects would soon be charged to court for child stealing and trafficking, Mr Enwerem said.