Ogbonnaya Ikokwu, Umuahia
The Abia State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Anthony Ogbizi, on Friday paraded six members of a child trafficking syndicate arrested in Aba.
Southern City News learnt that the suspects also work in collaboration with syndicates scattered in other South-East and South-South states who illegally sell stolen children to potential buyers.
The syndicate, it was gathered, targets children from three months to three years old and are sold for between N150, 000 to N300, 000 depending on the bargaining power of the would-be buyer.
Police source said that the suspects were intercepted by personnel of the Vigilante Group of Nigeria and handed over to the Police for arrest following intelligence report.
Among those rescued during the operation was a four-year-old boy, who was recently kidnapped on his way from church with his brother in Mbano, Imo State.
The commissioner said among the suspects, were a couple from Mbano that had been selling their babies and later became agents themselves.
He said in order to spread their tentacles; the couple started recruiting more people into the business from other parts of the south-east with special interest in Imo State.
Ogbizi said, “By 9pm on Monday, my officers on duty within the Abayi area in Aba got information that people suspected to be child traffickers are within the neighbourhood. My men accosted them and when they were questioned, they said that they were going to lodge in a hotel.
“Not convinced with their response, the personnel brought them to our office and on interrogation, they made confessional statements that they are child trafficking syndicate.
One of the suspects, Kingsley Onuoha, from Mbano in Imo State, confessed to abducting a little boy from Obowo and taken to Aba.
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