Three suspected kidnappers have been arrested by the police in Issele-Uku, a suburb of Asaba, Delta state. The suspects include a 70-year-old woman, one Mr Emmanuel Udagwu and Celestina Enebeli. They allegedly kidnap children in Ndemili and other neighbouring villages, afterwhich they sell them through the old woman to buyers in the Eastern part of Nigeria.
Festus Nwaomucha, whose 5-year-old niece was kidnapped by the suspects and sold along with another child for N500k, posted the photos on Facebook. See his post below:
“On Sept 24th, they kidnapped my little niece GLORY OYIBO (5yrs) right in my family compound in the village. Since then efforts have been on top gear to recover the stolen child. Fortunately, luck ran out of them when 2 kids were found in their possessions by the police in Issele-Uku, a suburb of Asaba, the capital of Delta State on Monday, the 13th of Nov. On interrogation, they confessed to have been stealing children from my community and other neighboring villages. When they kidnap children, they transport their victims to Asaba where a 70yr old woman received the victims for onward ferry to Eastern part for sales. However, the septuagenarian have confessed to have sold my little niece with another victim (a boy) for 500k in a popular city in the East, through another man in Asaba who outsmarted us during arrest, abandoning his taxi colour car. Therefore, I want to use this opportunity to thank all those who have been standing with my family through prayers, calls, visits, etc, since the sudden disappearance of our little daughter. Truly, your prayers and concerns have paid off, even as we are still requesting you to continue praying for GLORY to be alive in captivity so that she can be re-united someday and in good health with her parents and her other siblings, who have not ceased crying day and night since she was kidnapped. Thankyou. Meanwhile, investigation is still on going!”.