Charles Nwoke, Umuahia, Nigeria
December 16, 2020
Abia State Command of the Nigeria Police, on Tuesday, confirmed the rescue of two children allegedly kidnapped by child-traffickers who used biscuits to lure the children and took them away.
SP Geoffrey Ogbonna, the Abia State Police Command’s Public Relations Officer, revealed to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Aba, that they were still investigating and making contacts to find one of the child’s parents for identification and release of their ward.
The PPRO, therefore, urged parents whose male child was kidnapped to contact the command for verification and release.
He said that Master Marvelous Monday, one of the two rescued children, had been released to his parents while the police have not been able to identify the second child’s parents.
SP Ogbonna explained that the child, who could not say his name or address of his parents because he is tender, is still in Police custody while the Police will continue to search for his parents.
He said that the Police Command’s Rapid Response Squad (RRS) under SP Johnbull Obioguru rescued the children from those who bought them in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, and Lagos State respectively.
“Last Wednesday, we paraded five suspects involved in child trafficking after two children were reported stolen but we were on the verge of getting to the person in custody of those children before the parading,” said SP Ogbonna.
“However, some days later, the police rescued two children from those who bought them.
He said, “One of the two was stolen from Abayi-Umuocham in Aba who has been handed over to his parents but one of the reported abducted children is yet to be found.
“But another child was recovered whose parents have not been identified because the child is tender and could not give any meaningful information to help locate his parents.
“We are trying to find out whose child the one with us is and so we are asking anybody whose child is stolen to contact Abia State Police Command to know if the child is his and to claim him,” he added.
Ogbonna also urged parents to be careful about leaving their wards to people they don’t know very well or letting them move out of their sight to avoid being kidnapped.