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The rescue of their four children abducted by a tenant identified as Ifeoma Abonyi, a 35-year-old woman from Asaba, Delta State has left their parents rejoicing in Umuahia, the capital of Abia State.
The Eastern Updates recalls that one of the mothers had reported the alleged abduction by an unidentified tenant to the police on 16th of December.
The children belonging to three different parents were identified as Joy Udoma (Female – three years), Ogbonna Udoma (Male – six years), Chioma Kingsley (Female – five years) and Miracle Ikechukwu (Female – five years).
However, the police said all the the four missing children have been rescued, while their abductor was also arrested in a statement on Sunday.
The state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), ASP Maureen Chinaka said in a statement stated that two of the children were rescued on December 22, while another two were rescued on Sunday.
She said that the police successfully apprehended one Ifeoma Abonyi, a 35-year-old female in Asaba, Delta State, who had been identified as the hitherto unknown tenant responsible for the abduction of the four children.
The PPRO revealed that a total of eight suspects, including five females and three males were currently helping with the investigation into the crime.
According to her, three other persons suspected to be complicit in the crime are still at large.
‘We are intensifying efforts to ensure their arrest soonest.
‘Meanwhile, the investigation is ongoing to determine the real status of six other children that were found in the custody of the arrested suspects.
‘This might entail the conduct of DNA tests, as some of the suspects are claiming that the children are their biological offspring,’ she stated.
Chinaka assured that the outcome of the investigation would be made open as soon as possible.