Seven suspects have been arrested by the Imo State Police Command for stealing a 5-year-old child, identified as Godday Obi.
The arrested suspects were identified as 39-year-old Nkechi Iroegbu, Chukwudi Ndukwe; and Edu Akpan of No.102 Elelenwo street Port Harcourt; Chinyeaka Gregory, 50, of number 11 Boundary Road Umungasi Aba, Abia State; Chidinma Ekwundu, 49, from Awka in Anambra state; Chinwendu Uzonwu, 39, of Oba in Anambra state; and Eucharia Onwuduba, 46, of number 31 Aniekwe street, Fegge Onitsha, Anambra state.
Orlando Ikeokwu, the Imo State Police command spokesperson who confirmed the incident, said the suspects were arrested through a coordinated operation based on a credible intelligence.
He further revealed that Nkechi Iroegbu led operatives of the Anti-kidnapping Unit of the police command to the hideout where the other members of the syndicate were arrested.
“On January 12, the command received a report of a stolen child, one Godday Obi, 5 years old, at Umuejechi, Nekede, Owerri West LGA of Imo state.
“Acting on that report, the command’s Anti- kidnapping unit swung into action and upon credible information, arrested one Nkechi Iroegbu, 39, a native of Akoli Imenyi, Bende LGA, Abia state. She confessed to the crime.
“They all confessed to their various roles and led the operatives to the recovery of the stolen child”
He also disclosed that the state’s Commissioner of Police, Olaniyi Fafowaro ordered the investigating team to prosecute the suspects at the end of the investigation process.