The Imo State Police Command have arrested a five-woman gang in Ngor Okpala Local Government Area of the state for allegedly stealing a three-year-old boy and selling him off at N600,000.
The suspects: Chinonye Okere, Joy Ama, Eucheria Amadi, Pauline Uzoamaka and Nnenne Okere specialized in child trafficking and were paraded before newsmen in Owerri.
The alleged buyer, Uzoamaka, 55, told newsmen that she lived in Lagos and she bought the child in April from 54 year-old Amadi in Nnewi, Anambra State.
Another suspect, Okere, allegedly stole the child at a funeral ceremony. She mentioned her husband and another woman named Rose, both now on the run, as being part of the crime.
The state Commissioner of Police, Chris Ezike, described the suspects as a chain, whose act was shameful.
“To learn that they sold this handsome child for a pittance of N600,000 is most annoying and shameful.
“We will not spare them. We will arraign them in court on Monday (today) for them to answer their charges. The gang is a criminal chain and we will ensure that the law takes its full cost,” he said.
Ezike said a police officer identified as Felix, was accused of being part of the gang. He said that the officer was facing an orderly room trial and would be dismissed if found guilty.
- Bola Kougbe