Kelechi Uzomah, Owerri
Two women, Chizoba Eze and Amaka Eze , have been arrested by the Imo State Police Command for allegedly buying newborn twins , Emmanuel and Emmanuela , for N1. 8m in Umuahia, Abia State.
The women, who were said to be from Enugu State, were paraded on Monday by the Imo State Police Public Relations Officer , Andrew Enwerem , who said the suspects were intercepted on Owerri -Aba Road.
The suspects were paraded on Monday alongside six others , who also allegedly abducted and sold nine other children .The police spokesperson , who decried the rise in abduction of children , said there was a coordinated operation by the state command to eradicate the anomaly. Emwerem said , “ In our ongoing onslaught against child trafficking , operatives of the command have rescued newborn twins from suspected child traffickers
“ The twins , a boy and a girl , were rescued on Owerri -Aba Road following a coordinated operation by the command . “ The suspects , who impersonated the mother of the twins , have made useful statements . We will charge them to court at the end of investigation.” The PPRO advised parents to be mindful of those they left their children with , saying child trafficking was an absurdity. According to Enwerem , the crackdown on child traffickers was as a result of the community policing strategies of the Inspector-General of Police in the state.
Enwerem accused the six other women that were paraded of being in the business of buying and selling of children . He said operatives of the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad in the state police command rescued nine children stolen from their parents and guardians in Owerri and Benin by the suspects .
He said , “ On August 15 , on Douglas Road , Owerri , FSARS operatives , led by Banjoko Oluwemimo , an Assistant Superintendent of Police , acting on reliable information , arrested two suspects – Chioma Emeka ( 34 ),of Okigwe Local Government Area of Imo State and Happiness Peter (22 ) , of Iyala Ogoja LGA of Cross River State.”
He said other suspects were arrested in Imo , Edo and Lagos states , while their victims ( children ) were rescued. He gave the names of the suspects as Theresa Asiegbu , Chioma Emeka, Happiness Peter, Martina Nwadike and Martha Ojimba. The police spokesperson also gave the names of the rescued children as Somtochukwu Obiduba, Kosarachi Obiduba , Onyinyechi Okpala , Divine Anyaka, Wunmi Habeeb, Chisere Nwadike and one Ndubuisi .
Enwerem said , “ Immediately the suspects steal a child, they will change his or her name to erase suspicion. So , parents and guardians, whose children are missing , are advised to report to the Public Relations Department of the Imo State Police Command for the identification and collection of their children
One of the suspects , Eze, said she paid N1 .8 m through an arrangement , called sceptic pregnancy, to have the twins . Another suspect, Ojimba, confessed that she sold one of the babies for N300,000. A man, whose two children were handed over to him during the parade, Mike Nkwo , said they were stolen on their way to a coaching class in 2015.
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