Raymond Ozoji, Awka
Walid Yusuf, aged 3 and Mustapha Abdulaziz, aged 2 were two infants allegedly kidnapped from Gombe state by a child-stealing gang and brought to Anambra state for the purpose of selling them off at N750,000 each.
The parents of the stolen kids had alerted the police in Gombe state and the police put a public notice across on the missing children and sent signals to other state commands.
This however led to the trailing of the syndicate and they were eventually apprehended by the police in Anambra state. The pictures of the kids were posted on Facebook where the parents found their children on the said social media platform and traced them to Anambra state.
When interrogated at the police command headquarters Awka yesterday, the parents of the stolen kids who spoke only in Hausa language, said they saw the pictures of their children on Facebook and alerted Gombe state police command and that was how they traced the whereabouts of their kids to Anambra state where the police reunited all of them.
However the Police Public Relations Officer of the Anambra state police command SP Haruna Mohammed in the release he made available to Journalists on the matter, recalled that on the 22nd of October at 10:45am, following intelligence report, Police detectives attached to Anambra State Command arrested three female suspects at Nkpor market/Tarzan junction in Idemili North LGA of Anambra State.
The release further disclosed that preliminary investigation revealed that the children were stolen from Gombe by one Blessing Musa (female ) on the 20th of October this year and brought to her accomplices in Anambra State.
The police spokesman said, “Following the public announcement by the Command on the 27/10/2019, parents of the two kids from Gombe State came to Awka and identified their children.They also revealed their names as Walid Yusuf aged 3 years and Mustapha Abdulaziz aged 2 years respectively.
Meanwhile, the children have since reunited with their parents and suspects were handed over to Gombe State Police Command for further investigation and prosecution.
Mohammed said that the Commissioner of Police CP John Bassey Abang urged parents and guardians to monitor their children and caution them against following strangers.
He said the CP further enjoined the public to report suspicious persons to the nearest police station or call police emergency number 07039194332 for prompt intervention.