AWKA—TWO persons allegedly involved in child trafficking have been arrested by the police in Onitsha, Anambra State.
The suspects, Friday Edet and Ezekiel Ubong, both from Akwa Ibom State, who claimed to be members of a humanitarian group, were said to have abducted six male children with hernia infection and a three-year old baby girl with cancer of the lips and using them to beg for alms in parts of the city.
The Divisional Police Officer for Fegge, Onitsha South, Mr. Rabiu Garba said the suspects were notorious for abducting children for alms begging in a location different from their states after allegedly inflicting them with strange ailment that could attract public sympathy. Garba said at the time of their arrest at about 8.00am, the suspects had already made N12,800 from the business, adding that they confessed making about N25,000 daily on the average using their victims.
According to the DPO, the two men are currently awaiting trial at the Onitsha Prisons following their arrest by the police. He said the kidnapped persons had since been rescued and reunited with their families after being treated of their ailments by the police. Garba said the girl was kidnapped at the age of one and half years from Buruku in Benue State, during wake, ahead of a burial ceremony in the area had since then been a source of income for the suspects It was, however, not clear yesterday how long the other six victims had been with the suspects before their arrest.
Garba, who said he had to monitor the suspects closely for a long period of time, following his suspicion of their actions with the children, lured them with some cash gifts, which led to the arrest of the duo, adding that their accomplices were still at large.