The Delta Police Command says it has in the last one year recovered no fewer than 263 kidnapped and missing children in the state bush paths.
The state had in the last few years been enveloped in the hue and cry of missing children, and increasing kidnapping spree but DSP Andrew Aniamaka, Police Image Maker in the state who spoke to newsmen in Asaba, confirmed that the recovered children were found in Warri, Ughelli, Ozoro, Asaba, Ibusa, Okpanam and its environs, disclosing that the efforts of the police were complemented by collaborative effort of other security agencies in the state.
According to him:-
“Recently, officers attached to GRA Police Station, Asaba found and brought a missing 13-year old girl identified as Dorcas James and upon interrogation, the girl said she hails from Gboko Community in Benue State, and that she was in primary 5”.
DSP Aniamaka explained that some of the lucky missing children were discovered inside the forest in Ibusa, Asaba, Okpanam and its environs, adding that the 263 children were allegedly kidnapped by money ritualists, who were at the verge of carrying out their evil act, when the police detectives and Anti-kidnapping Squad acting on a tip-off, swooped on them in their various hideout.
DSP Aniamaka told DAILY POST, “The 263 missing children recovered in one year, were collective efforts of the Police Detectives and Anti-kidnapping Squad, Civil defense Corps, Vigilante Corps in Warri, Okwe, Ibusa, Okpanam, others” disclosing that the children had since been reunited with their parents.
It was gathered that most of the missing children were either stolen or kidnapped, under the nose and watching eyes of their parents after they were allegedly charmed by the unsuspecting kidnappers and money ritualists.
Speaking further, DSP Aniamaka said; “We recovered 63 in two weeks at Ibusa, a bush path and inside a small house, and the suspects were arrested and had since been charged to court, some of the children were found with charms on their necks, and upon interrogation with the suspects, they confessed to be money ritualists”.