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Police Apprehends Child Trafficking Gang In Rivers State

Operatives of the Rivers Police Command has on Friday April 14, busted a child trafficking gang operating in Ubima community of Ikwerre local government area of the State and its environs with network across the neighbouring states.

According to the police, the operation that led to the uncovering of the gang began with the complaint of one Ms. Precious Friday of Ubima Community that her child was missing.

This led to the arrest of one Mercy Enyindah, who visited the complainant’s home shortly before the disappearance of the child.

The state Police Public Relations Officer, Grace Iringe-Koko, in a statement on Friday, said men of the Commissioner of Police Monitoring Unit swooped on the prime suspect, Mercy Enyindah, who had visited the victim’s mother earlier.

The statement read in part, “Following up on a complaint by Ms. Precious Friday of Ubima community in the Ikwerre LGA of Rivers State that her child was missing, operatives of the Commissioner of Police Monitoring Unit swung into action.

“They arrested one Mercy Enyindah, who incidentally visited the complainant’s home shortly before the disappearance of the child.

“The arrest of Enyindah, who confessed to stealing the child and two other children, along with her accomplice, Amaka Ewuzie, between February 16th and March 2023, led to the arrest of one Chialuka Iheanacho and her husband, Chukwuma Iheanacho, in Delta State.

“Other members of the gang said to be in Imo State are still being trailed. While some of the rescued children have been reunited with their parents, efforts are ongoing to rescue two-year-old Jasper Friday, sold at Asaba, Delta State.

“The command request all well-meaning and public-spirited persons to furnish the police with information that could lead to the rescue of the child.”

Iringe-Koko, a Superintendent of Police, advised parents to be wary of exposing their children to visitors.

The state police spokesperson said the suspects would be charged for the crime.

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