Popular radio preacher and founder of Gospel Fire Army Ministry, Nkwele-Ogidi in Anambra State, has been arrested in connection with child abducting and human trafficking.
The suspect identified as Chinedu Strongson was paraded along with other members of the child trafficking syndicate on Saturday, September 10, at the police headquarters in Asaba, Delta state.
The state police commissioner, Zana Ibrahim, revealed that 12 children were recovered from the 48-year-old cleric, adding that he is alleged to have paid the sum of N400,000 for each child sold to him.
Despite the accusations levelled against him, Strongson has denied any involvement in child trafficking, saying that he helped humanity by assisting with the payment of the school fees for the children, the Nigerian Tribune reports.
One Aisha Yahaya based in Asaba revealed how two ladies had come under the guise of being police officers sent by her husband serving time at Ogwashi Uku prisons.
Aisha reportedly followed them to a junction where the trio met with one Abigail Nwakama, aka Madam Cash, who gave her N3,500 towards the care of her 0ne-month-old daughter.
The child was reportedly stolen by the syndicate in the process after which she raised an alarm, leading to the arrest of the two women.
The commissioner reveals that police officers had immediately swung into action following the reports and arrested one Onyinye Nwakama, daughter of Madam Cash, at a drinking bar in Asaba as well as Madam Cash (32) and Ifeoma Anyadike, (32) at Okpanam after which they led the officers to Ogidi where the pastor was arrested.
Other suspects arrested from other parts of the state include David Ikesinachi; Ebere Edwin, Adaeze Enyi and Chike Agwunenu.
The commissioner adds that two of the children have been reunited with their parents while the remaining are being housed at an orphanage in Asaba until they can be identified by their parents.