A child buying and selling syndicate has been arrested in Lagos state for allegedly stealing a 2-year-old girl at 27 Test Oluwale street, Olodi Apapa, on May, 1, 2018.
The father of the child, Nwoagbo Ekene, had reported the incident to the police and one Ms. Joy Okoye, 28, of No.64 Kirikiri street, Olodi Apapa, was arrested in connection with the case. .
On interrogation, the suspect revealed that she and one Amarachi, a female,who is still at large, stole the child and sold her for N300, 000 to one Ms. Uju Obieze, female, 40, of No.8 Okwe road, Asaba, Delta state. .
Acting on this revelation, detectives proceeded to Asaba and apprehended the said Uju on September 13, 2018. .
Uju confessed to have bought the child from Joy Okoye but added that the deal was done jointly with one Ifeyinwa Ezene, female, 46, of No.2, Eze Bishop street, Onitsha, Anambra state.
Ezene was apprehended and she confessed to the crime. She added that the child had been resold to one Ifeoma Okoye, who lives in Enugu. .
The trio led detectives to No.40, Amaechi street off Agbani road, Enugu, where, on September 14, 2018, the victim was rescued from the relatives of the said Ifeoma Okoye who were mourning her, having died a week earlier. The girl has since been reunited with her parents.