Man arrested for attempting to sell wife, baby

A man who planned to sell his wife and son has been arrested.

Child Trafficking

A middle aged man in Ngor Okpala Local Government Area of Imo State, identified as Obinna Nwakpa, has been arrested by a vigilante group for allegedly attempting to sell his wife and only child to a man suspected to be a kidnapper and human trafficker.

According to the state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), DSP Andrew Enwerem, the suspect and the middle man in the deal, Ben Echeberemeze, were arrested in the bush where they had taken the victims to be handed over to the buyer.

While parading the suspect at the palace of the traditional ruler of the Ohakelem autonomous community, Eze E. Okere, the coordinator of the vigilante group, Innocent Nwahiri, said the suspects were apprehended based on a tip-off they received, adding that the suspect had invited his wife to come with his baby to an uncompleted building in the bush.

He said as Nwankpa was there waiting for the deal to take place and while negotiating on phone, the vigilance group arrived there and arrested him.

Eze Okere narrated that from the information he gathered concerning the fleeing suspect, he had indulged in several similar child theft/kidnapping and human trafficking in the community, urging the state government to investigate the matter thoroughly and deal with the culprit if found guilty of the offence.

“I heard he is involved in child trafficking. He does it with a boy in Mbaise who is now on the run. Why did he ask Obinna to bring his wife and child? He knew what they planned before going into the bush. I call on the government to come here and handle them firmly otherwise this incident would happen again.”

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