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In a clampdown on child traffickers in the State, the Ebonyi State Police Command has arrested a child trafficking syndicate, which allegedly stole and sold a child for ₦355,000.
The police also rescued the stolen child from the syndicate who stole the child from its mother in the state and sold it in Anambra State.
The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Loveth Odah, said this in a statement, on Friday, in Abakaliki, the state capital.
She said the child was recovered in Anambra State through a painstaking investigation by the command’s detectives for the past one month.
According to the police spokesperson, the child was stolen from the mother at a market in the state in March.
“On the 11th day of April, 2022, a case of stolen child was reported to the Ebonyi State Police Command by one Okeh Nkemdiri ‘f’ against one Uchechukwu Ebenyi age 27yrs ‘m’ of Amukpa Okengwu Ezilo in the Ishielu LGA of Ebonyi State alleging that on the 21st March, 2022, at about 1200hrs she went to their local market with her four-year-old son, Okeh Makoochukwu, whom she suddenly discovered was no longer seen.
“She immediately raised the alarm in the market but all efforts to trace her son’s whereabouts proved abortive,” Odah narrated.
She said that on interrogation, Ebenyi confessed to have sold the little Makoochukwu Okeh for the sum of ₦5000 to one Chidiebere Ogbu ‘m’, a native of Amoukpa Okeugwu Eziulo in the Ishielu LGA of Ebonyi State, who resides in Anambra State alongside one Ekeh Ukamaka ‘f’ of the same address.
Odah said that police detectives trailed the recipient of the stolen child to Anambra State, where he was arrested alongside two others.