Imo State Police command has arrested a couple and four others suspected to have stolen and sold two siblings for N900,000.
Police Commissioner in the state Rabi’u Ladodo said that while the command had recovered one of the stolen children, Promise Opunwa, 2, his elder sister, Olunma, 4, was still missing.
Parading the suspects before newsmen, Ladodo, who gave the names of the couples as Chika Obi, 28 and Chiamaka, denounced the deal as absurd, disclosing that the infant was recovered at Uli in Anambra State.
The police chief listed other members of the syndicate, as Ogidi Chukwuma,26, Anuforo Ogechi, 28,Ebere Okafor, 45, and Chioma Ngobiri, 46. He said “on August 4, three members of the syndicate invaded the house of one Ijeoma Opunwa and inflicted machete cut on one Daberechi Okafor who was present at the time of the invasion. ”
“They instilled fear on other occupants and made away with two children, Oluma ,4, and Promise, 2, to an unknown destination. They robbed them their phone and undisclosed amount of money.”
On receipt of the information, the CP said that the operatives of the anti-kidnapping unit swung into action, through painstaking and diligent investigation stormed the hoodlums hideout at Umulololo Okigwe LGA where Ogechi Anuruo, Chika Obi, and Chiamaka Nwadinobi were apprehended. ”
According to him, “the suspects confessed to the crime and even led operatives to Onitsha through Uli in Anambra State where their gang members one Ebere Okafor and Chioma Ngobiri were arrested and one of the stolen children, Promise, 2, was recovered.”
Ladodo gave assurance that efforts were on top gear to rescuing the remaining missing child. One of the suspects, Ogidi, he said admitted that he got N130,000 from the shady transaction.