It was learned that the gang specializes in stealing underaged children from schools, churches and other public places.
They were reportedly arrested after a member of the gang, Immaculata Edward, visited her boyfriend, Ifara Isong, in Eziama Logara, Imo State and absconded with five children that were left in her custody.
The State Police Public Relations Officer, Orlando Ikeokwu, revealed that, “Immaculata targeted when her boyfriend went out to buy something and then she stole five children namely Somto Ekeh ‘f’ 6yrs, Kelechi Ekeh ‘m’ 5yrs, Chisom Ekeh ‘f’ 3yrs, Ebuka Enwerem ‘m’ 3yrs, Chioma Enwerem ‘f’ 5yrs And Lucky Idah ‘m’ 6yrs, all children of one Reginald Ekeh ‘m.’
She took them to a notorious child trafficker, Perpetual Iwuji, who then sold two of them to one Grace Nwachukwu, residing in Mpape, Abuja.
Immaculata also stole two of her uncle’s children from Cross River state and sold them to one Ifeoma Ndubuisi ‘f’ in Abia State.
However, following intelligence, systematic, thorough and painstaking investigation, all the children stolen from Logara were recovered. .
Moreover, in the course of the investigation, additional five children were recovered from Perpetual Iwuji and kept in an orphanage home. The five children stolen from Logara have been reunited with their families. .
Meanwhile, one of the two children stolen from Cross River state, has been recovered from Ifeoma Ndubuisi and efforts are on top gear to recover the remaining one.”
The suspects include; Perpetual Iwuji (46), Isong Ifara, (46), Immaculata Edward (31), Grace Nwachukwu (58), Ifeoma Ndubuisi (27) and Stephen Ezenwa (31).
Meanwhile, Naija News understands that it is five months since the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) said it is making effort to rescue of 20,000 Nigerian girls trapped in different parts of Mali.
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