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Police parade six suspected child traffickers in Abia



The Abia State Commissioner of Police, Mr . Anthony Ogbizi, on Friday paraded six members of a child trafficking syndicate arrested in Aba.

Southern City News learnt that the suspects also work in collaboration with syndicates scattered in other South -East and South -South states who illegally sell stolen children to potential buyers .

The syndicate, it was gathered , targets children from three months to three years old and are sold for between N150, 000 to N 300, 000 depending on the bargaining power of the would -be buyer .

Police source said that the suspects were intercepted by personnel of the Vigilante Group of Nigeria and handed over to the Police for arrest following intelligence report .

Among those rescued during the operation was a four-year-old boy, who was recently kidnapped on his way from church with his brother in Mbano , Imo State .

The commissioner said among the suspects , were a couple from Mbano that had been selling their babies and later became agents themselves.

He said in order to spread their tentacles ; the couple started recruiting more people into the business from other parts of the south-east with special interest in Imo State .

Ogbizi said, “ By 9pm on Monday, my officers on duty within the Abayi area in Aba got information that people suspected to be child traffickers are within the neighbourhood . My men accosted them and when they were questioned , they said that they were going to lodge in a hotel .

“ Not convinced with their response, the personnel brought them to our office and on interrogation, they made confessional statements that they are child trafficking syndicate .

One of the suspects , Kingsley Onuoha, from Mbano in Imo State, confessed to abducting a little boy from Obowo and taken to Aba.

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