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A child stealing syndicate operating in Enugu State has been apprehended by operatives of the State Police Command.
The command’s spokesman, DSP Daniel Ndukwe, who made this disclosure in a statement which was obtained by The Eastern Updates on Sunday, said the suspect identified as Ifeanyi Omeke, 21, was arrested by its operatives attached to Igbo-Eze North Police Division in collaboration with the state Neighbourhood Watch Group on Friday, October 27, 2023.
Ndukwe disclosed that the suspect was arrested at Igogoro Village in Enugu-Ezike community of Igbo-Eze North Local Government Area at about 1.30 p.m.
According to the statement, Omeke was nabbed after he allegedly sneaked into the complainant’s house in the mentioned community and attempted to steal a one-year, three-month-old girl child.
‘The suspect confessed to the crime, stating that he was contracted by his cohorts at large to steal children for ritual and other criminal purposes.’
Meanwhile, the PPRO quoted the Commissioner of Police, CP Kanayo Uzuegbu, to have ordered the immediate transfer of the case to the State Criminal Investigation Department for further and thorough investigation that would lead to the arrest of other members of the criminal syndicate and their prosecution.
In another report, the apex Igbo socio-cultural group, Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide, has appealed to youths in the South-East to join the Nigeria Police Force.
The appeal by Ohanaeze followed the concern raised last week by the Chairman of the Police Service Commission, Solomon Arase, that the South-East region, especially Anambra, Ebonyi, Abia, and Imo states, have the lowest turnouts in the ongoing police recruitment.
The PSC noted that as of last Wednesday, Anambra State had only 541 applicants, being the lowest, while Kaduna State was in the lead with 20,259 applicants.
Following Kaduna State at the top were Adamawa State with 18,933 applications, Borno State with 18,305, Bauchi State, with 16,554, Katsina State, with 16,232, and Kano State, with 15,888.