The Anambra State Police Operatives reported that one Mrs Charity Ogochukwu Azubuike ‘Female’ of Afam Ezialla Village Ihiala reported at Ihiala Police Station that her two years old son Master Testimony Obiajulu Azubuike got missing inside the market and all efforts to locate him proved abortive. The Anambra State Police Public Relations Officer, CSP Haruna Mohammed disclosed this in a press statement he issued.
Meanwhile, following the report, police detectives commenced investigation immediately and two suspects were arrested in Imo State in collaboration with Imo State Police Command.
Acciording to Mohammed, the suspects are: one Chinecherem Odurukwe ‘male’ aged 19years old of Ogboro Isiala village Ihiala and, Chinedu Asim ‘male’ aged 10years of Umuozu Village of Nwangele LGA of Imo State.
The statement further stated that the Principal suspect usually use the ten years old suspect to lure the children using biscuits either in the markets, schools, or other isolated places and take them to Imo where they sale the children at the paltry sum of One hundred thousand Naira(#100’000) only.
“Suspects have voluntarily confessed to the crime and the rescued child is in good health condition. He has been reunited with his parent, and the case under investigation and effort is ongoing to apprehend other accomplices in order to bring them to justice”
Consequently, the Commissioner of Police CP John Abang urges parents and guardians to always monitor their children and caution them against collecting items or following strangers in order not to fall victims of child stealing syndicates.