- Two women have landed in police net for allegedly dealing in child tracking
- They were arrested for buying day-old twins for N1.8m in Imo state
- The police also arrested six other suspects for allegedly abducting and selling nine children
The police in Imo state have arrested two women identified as Chizoba Eze and Amaka Eze for allegedly buying newborn twins, Emmanuel and Emmanuela, in Umahia, the Abia state capital.
Punch reports that the police paraded the suspects on Monday, August 20. The spokesperson for the police in the state, Andrew Enwerem, said the suspects were intercepted on Owerri-Aba road.
NAIJ.com gathers that six other suspects were also paraded for allegedly abducting and selling nine children.
The police spokesperson said: “In our ongoing onslaught against child trafficking, operatives of the command have rescued newborn twins from suspected child traffickers.
“The twins, a boy and a girl, were rescued on Owerri-Aba road following a coordinated operation by the command.
“The suspects, who impersonated the mother of the twins, have made useful statements. We will charge them to court at the end of investigation.”
The police said the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad (FSARS) in the state rescued nine children stolen from their parents and guardians in Owerri and Benin by the other six suspects.
Enwerem said: “On August 15, on Douglas road, Owerri, FSARS operatives, led by Banjoko Oluwemimo, an assistant superintendent of police, acting on reliable information, arrested two suspects - Chioma Emeka (34), of Okigwe local government area of Imo state and Happiness Peter (22), of Iyala Ogoja local government area of Cross River state.
“Immediately the suspects steal a child, they will change his or her name to erase suspicion. So, parents and guardians, whose children are missing, are advised to report to the public relations department of the Imo state police command for the identification and collection of their children."
One of the suspects, Eze, was said to have paid N1.8m through an arrangement, called sceptic pregnancy, to have the twins.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously reported that the Abia police command arrested three suspected child traffickers, including a 17-year-old girl, Gift Daniel, who sold her two-day-old baby boy for N670, 000.
The police commissioner, Anthony Ogbizi, said this on Monday, June 6, while briefing newsmen in Umuahia on the activities of the command. Ogbizi also said that the command arrested no fewer than 22 other suspected criminals, following raids by his men in the wake of renewed criminal acts in different parts of the state.
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