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Police rescue two abducted children sold for N1.6m, arrest four suspects

THE Bayelsa State Police Command has announced the rescue of two abducted children who were being trafficked to Abia and Enugu States, as well as the arrest of four people allegedly involved in the illegal operation.

The Police Public Relations Officer, Asinim Butswat, in a statement published today, identified Sunday Aniele, Chioma Obi, Kingsley Chimobi, and Harriet Chukwu as part of the four-man child-trafficking ring

According to the command, the suspects “have admitted to collecting N1.6 million only for the two children.”

The children, four-year-old Success and two-year-old Prince—a female and a male—were abducted on June 19 in the Yenagoa Local Government Area of Bayelsa State and recovered on July 21 and 22.

According to the command, following a discreet investigation, operatives from the Gender Unit and the State Criminal Investigation Department nabbed Aniele and Obi on July 7 in Ughelli, Delta State, and Chimobi and Chukwu after three days in Onitsha, Anambra State.

The statement said, “The children, namely; Success ‘f’ four years and Prince’m’, two years, were stolen by one Sunday Aniele’m’, 22 years and Chioma Obi ‘f’ 24 years, on June 19, 2023, at Igbogene, Yenagoa, Bayelsa State.

“On that fateful day, Chioma Obi, who claimed to be a sister of Sunday Aniele, took the children away under the guise of purchasing drugs for them. Unknown to their parents, the children were taken out of the State to an unknown destination.

“After a diligent investigation by police operatives, crisscrossing Delta, Anambra, Enugu, and Abia States, Sunday Aniele and Chioma Obi were arrested at Ughelli, Delta State on July 7, 2023. Subsequently, one Kingsley Chimobi ‘m’ 28 years, and Harriet Chukwu ‘f’ 36 years were arrested at Onitsha, Anambra State on July 10, 2023.

“Further investigation took the police team to Enugu, where Success ‘f’ 4 years was recovered on July 21, 2023, and Abangwa, Abia State, where Prince ‘m’ 2 years was recovered on July 22, 2023. The suspects have admitted to collecting N1.6 million only for the two children.”

The command said that the Commissioner of Police, Tolani Alausa, has directed the investigating unit to conclude its investigation and charge the suspects to court.

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