Police nab 2 mothers, couple, nurses over child trafficking

POLICE in Delta State have smashed a
child trafficking/kidnap gang, including two
mothers, a couple and nurses.
Five of the suspects were arrested by the
police at Akwukwu-Igbo in Oshimili North
Local Government Area.
Two members of the gang, operating on a
motorcycle, last Monday, abducted a one year,
four-month-old boy, while he was playing with
other children in Atuma community, near
Some of the vigilant residents, however,
recognised one of the abductors who was from
a neighbouring community.
He was released from jail about two months
ago, where served term for a similar incident.
Vanguard gathered that the Divisional Police
Officer, Akwukwu-Igbo Police Station, acting
on a tip-off, asked his men to storm the
residence of the principal suspect, who
escaped through the window on seeing the
He was shot on the leg as he tried to disarm a
police officer and arrested. At the time of this
report, the 19-year-old suspect was receiving
treatment at the General Hospital, Akwukwu-
Police recovered the child unhurt at Igbodo,
near Umunede, while the mother and wife of
the principal suspect, believed to be part of
the gang, were in police custody.
It was gathered that the couple in police
custody had to two children, who were sold.
The second suspect, whose mother is based in
Umunede, is still at large, was apprehended
with the stolen child at Igbodo, and handed
over to the police in Akwukwu-Igbo on Sunday.
At the General Hospital, a source said the
doctor had referred the injured suspect to the
Federal Medical Centre, Asaba, but was refused
admission because of lack of bed space.
A police source told Vanguard: “This is a
powerful kidnap/child trafficking syndicate
that had been operating in this area for a very
long time.
“You can see that some parents, their children
and nurses are in the syndicate. We have
arrested some principal suspects, but we have
to get others too.”

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