Three suspected child traffickers have been arrested by the Nigeria Police Force Abia State Command in connection with the theft of a four-year-old boy, Master Okechukwu Okoroafor, in Ututu community, Arochukwu local government area of the state.
According to Vanguard, two of the suspects, Onyekachi Ugwunwoke and Chinasa Onyekachukwu, allegedly kidnapped the kid when he was out running errands for his grandmother, Enyidiya Okoroafor, and took him to Umuahia to look for a buyer.
According to the state’s Police Public Relations Officer, SP Geoffrey Ogbonna, who confirmed the event, Ugwunwoke and Chinasa, as well as one Chidinma Asomugha, were arrested by the police while negotiating the sale of the boy for N500,000 at the Railway line in Umuahia.
“On the 30th September, 2021, at approximately 11:30 a.m., the personnel of the state’s crack squad arrested the suspects; Onyekachi Ugwunwoke, Chinasa Onyekachukwu, and Chidinma Asomugha along Railway Line, Umuahia, while negotiating the sale of Master Okechukwu Okoroafor, aged four years,” according to the PPRO.
“Investigations revealed that Master Okoroafor was stolen from Ukwuakpu Ututu in Arochukwu LGA, on Monday 27th September, 2021, at 7.05pm. It was discovered that Master Okoroafor was under the care of his grandmother, Enyidiya Okoroafor.
“The grandmother sent Master Okoroafor to buy pepper at a shop 200 metres from their house, unaware that danger was lurking.
“While on the errand, Onyekachukwu Ugwunwoke and Chinasa Onyekachi, who are neigbours to the family, whisked away Master Okoroafor without the consent of his grandmother.
“The two suspects moved the boy from Ututu in Arochukwu to the Railway Line, Umuahia while negotiating with Chidinma Asomugha for the sale of the boy at N500k. It was at that point that the police arrested them.”
It was further revealed that the biological parents of the boy, Prince Okoroafor and Nnebure Okoroafor, reside in Abuja while Master Okoroafor was made to stay with his grandmother at Ututu, Arochukwu.