Delta State Police command has burst a child trafficking syndicate, rescued a three year-old child and arrested members of the stndicate.
The State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) DSP Bright Edafe stated that the Police breakthrough to response to the plea of the Delta State Commissioner of Police, CP Wale Abbas who called for information from members of the public that will aid in crime fighting.
DSP Edafe said: “On the 13/06/2023 at about 0830hrs, one Aisha Yusuf ‘f’ of Abraka community Asaba, reported at the station that her son Abubakar Atiku ‘m’ aged 3yrs was stolen by one Mohammed Isah ‘m’ aged 35yrs.
Acting on the complaint, the Commissioner of Police Delta state, CP Wale Abbas gave a marching order to the DPO ‘C’ Division, Asaba, CSP Apu Torukeregha to go all out to arrest the suspect and rescue the stolen child. In compliance with this directive, the DPO led operatives of the division Anti-crime patrol team on a frantic search for the stolen child.
Acting on a tip-off, the team stormed Abraka market, Oshimili-South LGA, where the principal suspect Mohammed Isah was arrested. Upon interrogation, he confessed to the crime and led the operatives to arrest three other members of the child stealing syndicate namely; Ibrahim Sani ‘m’ 23yrs, Kabiru Ibrahim ‘m’ 52yrs and Abubakar Mohammed ‘m’ a 32yrs old cripple.
Preliminary investigation revealed that they belong to a child trafficking syndicate that steal children and sell for a huge amount of money. The suspects led policemen to a hotel in Onitsha Anambra state where the team arrested one Suleiman Mohammed ‘m’ 38yrs in whose custody the missing child was found. The suspect arrested in Anambra stated that he was waiting for the supposed buyer of the said child, and they have agreed to sell the child for the sum of Eight Hundred Thousand Naira (#800,000). The child has been reunited with the mother, while the suspects are in custody, and investigation is ongoing.
Also, In another development, on 12/6/2023 by 0800 hours, men of “A’ Division Warri Anti-Crime Patrol team while on visibility patrol along the African church behind Daudu Police post, sighted a tricycle Reg No. BUR 240 VC conveying two male occupants heading towards their direction. When the team accosted the tricycle for a routine search, the duo jumped out and escaped, and the team chased but could not arrest them. When the search was carried out on the abandoned tricycle, one (1) locally fabricated cut-to-size pistol was recovered, exhibits in custody, while manhunt for the fleeing suspects is ongoing.
The Commissioner of Police has reiterated his call for support from members of the public by giving useful, timely, and credible information to the Police, while assuring them that their identities will be treated with utmost confidentiality.
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