The Kano State Police Command have paraded Emmanuel Igwe, Mercy Paul, known as Maimuna, Ebere Ogbodo, and Paul Owne, alleged mastermind of child kidnapping and trafficking syndicate, which includes a couple.
Nine children, between the ages of 2 and 10, kidnapped and sold by the syndicate to childless women in Anambra State were rescued and handed to their families on Friday.
Ahmed Iliyasu, the State Commissioner of Police, who handed the victims over to their respective families, said some of them had been missing since 2014.
He said they were traced to Anambra, where they had been sold off.
The police boss, while parading the suspects, said the attention of the command drawn to mysterious nature of the disappearance of children from a neighbourhood in Kano by one Sagir Mohammed Bako.
Iliyasu said the syndicate ran out of luck when the ring leader, Paul Owne and his wife, Mercy, were arrested in the process of moving one of their kidnapped victims, Haruna Sagir Bako, to Onitsha.
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Bako was said to have been kidnapped on September 11, 2019, on his way home from Islamiyya School, at Yankaba quarters of the state capital.
He said, ”The suspects confessed to have conspired among themselves and kidnapped various children from areas like Sauna, Kwanar Jaba, Kawo, Hotoro, Yankaba and Dakata quarters, all within the Kano metropolis.”
Owne, leader of the syndicate allegedly said he had realized over N2 million as proceeds from the crime.
He said he had kidnapped and moved seven children to Anambra state within five years.
The suspect further confessed that he sells the children to some childless women in the state, adding that he earned about N200,000 for each child.