A thirty-five-year-old suspected child trafficker, Mohammed Isah and three others have been arrested by police operatives from C Division in Asaba, Delta State.
They were arrested for allegedly stealing a three-year-old boy, Abubakar Atiku in Abraka Community.
The three other suspects include Ibrahim Sani, 23yrs, Kabiru Ibrahim, 52yrs and Abubakar Mohammed, a 32yrs old man living with a disability.
The Police also rescued the three-year-old boy and reunited him with his mother.
While the suspects are currently cooling off in custody, the Delta State Police Command confirmed the report in a statement signed by the Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Bright Edafe.
The Police image maker said the suspects were arrested following a report by one Aisha Yusuf of Abraka Community at the station that her son Abubakar Atiku, aged 3yrs was stolen by one Mohammed Isah.
“Acting on the complaint, the Commissioner of Police Delta State, CP Wale Abass gave a marching order to the DPO ‘C’ Division Asaba CSP Apu Torukeregha to go all out to arrest the suspect and rescue the stolen child.”
“Acting on a tip-off, the team stormed Abraka market Oshimili-South LGA, where the principal suspect Mohammed Isah was arrested.”
DSP Edafe said, “Upon interrogation, he confessed to the crime and led the operatives to arrest three other members of the child stealing syndicate.
“Preliminary investigation revealed that they belong to a child trafficking syndicate that steals children and sells them for a huge amount of money.
“The suspects led policemen to a hotel in Onitsha Anambra State where the team arrested one Suleiman Mohammed ‘m’ 38yrs in whose custody the missing child was found.
“The suspect arrested in Anambra Stated he was waiting for the supposed buyer of the child and they have agreed to sell the child for the sum of Eight Hundred Thousand Naira (#800,000).
“The child has been reunited with the mother while the suspects are in custody and investigation is ongoing.”