Two young men have confessed that they kidnapped Chukwuma Nzeribe and Chigozie Nzeribe of the same parent while returning from school at Amazu, Amato in Orsu Local Government Area, for financial benefits.
Ebuka Ibe and Kelechi Nwogu, both 22 year old, have confessed to the kidnapping of Chukwuma Nzeribe and Chigozie Nzeribe of the same parent while returning from school at Amazu, Amato in Orsu Local Government Area, for financial benefits.
The suspects confessed to the crime at the Police Headquarters, Owerri, Imo State, when they were paraded by the state Police Commissioner, Mr. Austin Evbakhavbokun for child stealing and trafficking.
Ebuka, agreed that he committed the crime of child stealing, while pretending to be on their way with his colleague “to buy something on a motorcycle,” said that they abducted the two siblings on the road. Kelechi, who could barely speak up because of shame, asked to be forgiven on what he described as the mistake of their lives, adding that such a thing would not happen again if they were pardoned by the police.
According to Police Commissioner Evbakhavbokun, the suspects specialized in the stealing and trafficking of children. He also added that the suspects were arrested through the quick intervention of men of the anti-kidnapping unit of the police, while on their way to a prospective buyer of their victims.
The commissioner also said that the rescued children had since been reunited with their family, pointing out that subsequent search conducted in Ebuka’s residence led to the recovery of several exhibits, including one locally made single barreled gun, two big iron cutters, one locally made shot gun with one cartridge and one locally made revolver pistol with one round of .99mm live ammunition.
According to him, the suspects would be charged to court after investigations had been concluded. He said that other suspects that would be charged to court along side with the child trafficking syndicate include Barnabas Chidiebere, 34; Chinwendu Okara, 29; Chibundu Amadi, 32, and Kenneth Ordu, 29, whom he said were also arrested by the police for kidnapping Mrs. Martina Ndukwu from Umuokanne, Mbirichi road in Ohaji/ Egbema Local Government Area.
The police commissioner, however, said that Mrs. Ndukwu was rescued unhurt. He further said that the suspects hail from Ohaji/Egbema Local Government Area and that during their arrest one Toyota 4 Runner Jeep with vehicle number KTU- 168-AU was recovered.