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Thursday, 22 June 2017

Police retrieves baby sold for N650k in Imo State

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The Imo State Police Command has arrested members of a notorious child trafficking syndicate that specializes in stealing and sell under aged children.

A ten-month old boy, Tochukwu Okechukwu Peter, who was stolen and sold for N650, 000 was rescued and handed over to its parents, Mr and Mrs Okechukwu Peter.

It will be recalled that the Command paraded five women four days ago for stealing a baby at a burial ceremony in the state and selling it for N600, 000 to a buyer in Nnewi, Anambra State.

Parading the three suspects , Ogechi Chukwuocha, 42 years, Calista Igwe, 38, and Chimezie, 32 shortly before handing over the recovered child to the parents, the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Andrew Enwerem, said that the child was stolen from his mother , Udoka Peter, on June 15, 2017 at Ogbaku in the Mbaitoli Council Area of the state.

Enwerem, disclosed that the prime suspect, one Favor Nwekem, absconded with the baby after the mother left it in her custody to attend to some domestic chores.

“The mother of the baby handed over the child to the prime suspect to attend to some important chores and before she could come back, she had absconded with the baby to where she sold the baby for N650,000.00.

“Members of the syndicate have been arrested except the prime suspect who is still at large”.

According to him. “On June 15, one Udoka Peter, reported the case of the stealing of her ten months old son by one Favor Nwekem. The operatives of the Department of Criminal Investigations and intelligence swung into action and raided their hideout in Orlu and recovered the stolen child.

“Investigation revealed that one Ogechi Chukwuocha bought the child for N650,000, from Calista Igwe, while Chimezie Okafor was the link person. Unfortunately, the prime suspect ran away, but we are trailing him and will soon nab him”.

The 42-year-old widow, Ogechi Chukwuocha, who allegedly bought the child for N650,000, said that she has been looking for a male child for a long time to retain the inheritance of her late husband’s property as she only had two female children for her husband before he died.

She denied that she never knew that the child was stolen, “the woman that brought the child to me,  told me that the mother willingly asked her to give the child to anyone that can take care of the child and she needed money so I gave her the money and took the child”.

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