No fewer than nine abducted children, comprising four boys and four girls, have been recovered from their buyers in Anambra State.
WuzupNigeria gathered that the children were abducted at different times in Kano and trafficked to Anambra by their kidnappers.
The Commissioner of Police in Kano, Mr. Ahmed Iliyasu, said the human traffickers operated for over five years in Kano before they were smashed by the Kano State Police Command’s tactical team and the Inspector General of Police Operation Puff Adder attached to the anti-kidnapping squad.
Iliyasu said the children aged between two and 10 were kidnapped five years ago by a ring led by Paul Owen (38) and his wife, Mercy Paul (38) residing at Dakata quarters.
The Commissioner said the two kidnappers were arrested while trying to take one of the kidnapped victims, Haruna Sagir Bako, to Onitsha in Anambra state.
The victim, he said, was kidnapped last September on his way back from Islammiyyab School at Yankaba Quarters.
According to him:
“Six suspects were arrested in connection with the kidnapping, buying, and selling of the teenagers who were discovered in Onitsha, Anambra state from Ebere Ogbodo 45) of Anambra state who is the buyer and sellers of trafficked human beings.”
The police boss said that Usman Mohammed (5) was kidnapped and sold for N1.2 million but luck ran out of Paul and Mercy and other four kidnappers were apprehended.
Speaking to reporters, Paul confessed to have committed the crime with five others, adding that he and his wife have been in the illicit job for over five years.
According to him:
“Since I have been in this business, I have never a human for less than N300,000. I regret my actions now and I am pleading for forgiveness because I have vowed not to go into this kind of business again.”
Also speaking, Paul’s wife, Mercy, said she has been pleading with him to stop the business.
“I am a divorcee. I met Paul few years ago and we got married. I have warned him severally over this business but he didn’t listen, look at where it has landed us now,” she said.
The rescued children are Umar Faruq Ibrahim, 10 (male); renamed as Onyedika Ogbodo; Aisha Moh’d Abdullahi, 9 (female), renamed as Ozioma Ogbodo; Usman Mohammed, 5, (male); Amira Auwalu, 4 (female) and Husna Salisu, 4 (female). .
Others were Blessing Ogbodo, 10 (female); Chiazozie Ogbodo, 11 (male); Chiemerie Ogbodo, 6 (male). The kids have since been reunited with their respective family members.