A four-woman kidnap gang has confessed to the kidnap and sale of a five-year-old girl in Imo State. A 22-year-old member of the gang allegedly told the Imo State Police that the gang abducted the girl just to “get back at her father.”
Chiamaka Ukeje was said to have confessed to selling five-year-old Chinagorom Ndukwe, who is the daughter of her uncle, for N400,000.
Chiamaka reportedly hails from Umuduru in Isiala Mbano Local Government Area of Imo State.
The women reportedly served various jail terms in Federal Prisons, Port Harcourt, Rivers State, where they met and allegedly formed a kidnap gang.
They were arrested on January 22 in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, by operatives of the Scorpion Squad of the command who acted on an information.
The other suspects are Sandra Ezuka, 26, from Ozoro in Isoko LGA, Delta State; Ruth Solomon, 41, Umuehie Anara in the Isiala Mbano LGA; and Joy Edum, 45, from Abua, Odua LGA of Rivers.
Parading the suspects and others for various crimes ranging from kidnapping, child trafficking, armed robbery and cultism on Thursday, the Imo State Commissioner of Police, Chris Ezike, said the four child trafficking suspects have made confessional statements.
The CP, who said the victim has been recovered from the buyer, Joy Edum, a resident of Rumwara Obiakpo, Rivers State, said the suspects would be charged to court at the end of investigation.
“The suspects, who are all residents of Rivers State, have made useful statements to the Police, confessing to the crime; while the child has since been reunited with her family.”
When interviewed by newsmen, the prime suspect, 22-year-old Chiamaka, said she kidnapped the child “in order to get at her father.”
Chiamaka claimed that her own father and the father of Baby Chinagorom had some “problems” and that kidnapping Chinagorom was her own way of punishing the girl’s father.
She described the man as her “uncle.”