.Arrest 20-year-old, 3 others for murder, kidnapping
KELECHI UZOMAH, Owerri
The Imo State Commissioner of Police , Dasuki Galadanchi , on Tuesday in Owerri handed over two children abducted and sold for N 200 ,000 in Akure , Ondo State capital, to their biological parents .
The CP , who paraded the suspect , Mary Paul , before reuniting the children – Unmi Isiaku , 5; and Habib Awalu, 7 – with their parents , Marutala Ishaku and Awalu Muhammed , said the victims were stolen three weeks ago in Akure .
Galadanchi explained that the suspect became a tenant in the house the children lived with their patents to perfect her plan of abducting the kids .The police boss said, “I want to hand over these two children – Unmi and Habib – to their fathers . But before I do that, let me show you the woman who stole them three weeks ago in Ondo State .
“The suspect, Mary Paul, became a tenant in the compound where the children were living with their parents .She stayed for only four days before she stole the kids .“These children were part of the 11 children we rescued a few weeks ago .These children – a boy and a girl – were stolen three weeks ago . By the grace of God , my men from the Federal Special Anti- Robbery Squad rescued them and arrested the suspect .
“We must preach against trafficking in human beings . Children are special gifts from God and we must work hard to protect them. “After stealing these children in Ondo State, the suspect, who hails from Cross River State, ran to Imo State to sell them.
“The amount she sold the children will tell you that some people have sold their souls to the devil . We must keep uncovering them. I assure you that this woman will not go unpunished. We will charge her to court.”In an interview, the suspect said she sold the children for N 200 ,000 .She said, “I rented an apartment in Ondo State , in the same compound where the parents of the children were living with the sole aim of abducting Unmi and Habib.”
Muhammed , the father of Unmi, told Daily Champion that he suspected that Paul was responsible for the disappearance of their children when she moved out of the area a few day after the children got missing.In another criminal development, the police in the state have arrested a 20- year-old man, Sylvester Chima , and three others for the kidnap and murder of one Miss Oluchi Nnodumele .
The State Commissioner of Police, Dasuki Galadanchi , told Daily Champion on Tuesday that the men of the Anti- kidnapping Unit of the Command arrested the suspects in Rivers State .
Galadanchi gave the names of the other suspects as Gift Igwe , 27 , Solomon Godwin , 28 , and Wosa Okachukwu , 23 .According to the Imo CP, the suspects were arrested on August 29 in Rivers State in continuation of the manhunt for the abductors and killers of the 20 -year -old Nnodumele, who hailed from Awo Idemili in the Orsu Local Government Area of Imo State .He said some suspects arrested earlier in connection with the murder of the girl revealed to the investigators that more suspects were at large.
Galadanchi said , “ We have arrested additional four suspects in connection with the kidnap and murder of 20 -year -old Miss Oluchi Nnodumele of Awo Idemili in the Orsu Local Government Area of Imo State .“The suspects were arrested on August 29 at their criminal hideout on Alawama Estate Road , Rivers State . They have already confessed to the kidnap and murder of Miss Oluchi Nnodumele , 20 .
“During interrogation , the suspects mentioned names of their gang members who are now at large and equally confessed that they have four AK -47 rifles and four six rounds of English revolver pistol in possession of the fleeing gang leader .”He added, “Let me assure Imo people, especially the family of the slain 20 -year -old girl that my command will not rest until we bring all those who have hands in the kidnap and subsequent killing of that innocent girl.
“Crime has no place in our country and to all those who murdered that girl , they can only run , but we will catch them .The investigating team has been mandated to fish out all of the suspects.“As a command, we understand the agony the family of that slain girl is passing through and as a law enforcement agency; we will nab all the fleeing suspects, including the gang leader.
Galadanchi , who called on the people of the state to keep providing his Command with information, said the community policing strategies of the Inspector General of Police were the brain behind his achievements .
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