A six-woman-child-trafficking syndicate, which allegedly specialised in stealing children from churches and selling them to buyers, have been arrested by the Imo State Police Command.
The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Andrew Enwerem, said the prime suspect, Nnenna Njoku (32), allegedly used her 10-year-old daughter, Chinecherem Onyejiaka, to lure children from churches and homes to her mother.
The other suspects are identified as Ijeoma Eboka, Irene Ogbuehi, Chinyere Mark, Perpetua Dike, Lilian Asoluka, Grace Ogueri and Edith Ejiaga. Investigation revealed that the number of children missing in the prime suspect’s area of operation was nine.
Enwerem said, “The prime suspect confessed to stealing three children. The other suspects were arrested and they made confessional statements, which led to the recovery of three children – Ezinne Nwosu (4), Chimjindum Felix (3),and Rejoice Ezirim (3).
It is worthy of note that one Chimaobi Duru (4), was earlier recovered from the prime suspect, Nnenna Njoku.”
The prime suspect, a divorcee and mother of five children, told Punchng that she made N380,000 from the sale of the three children to Eboka, an indigene of Delta state.
She said while she stole the children from different churches in Imo State, she took them to Eboka at different meeting points in Anambra State, who sold them to waiting buyers.
The second buyer, Ogbueri (45) from Orlu in Imo State,confessed that she bought two children from Eboka for N600,000 each, while she sold them at N750,000 to Dike (60), and another buyer who was at large.