By Yakubu Salisu, Kano
The Nigeria Police, Kano command on Friday said it has traced and arrested a syndicate that specialises in kidnapping, selling and buying of children from the state and sell them off into slavery in far away Anambra state.
This was made known to news men during a press conference at the police headquarters Bompai, Kano by the state commissioner of police Ahmad Uliyasu psc(+).
According to him, the Command’s Tactical Teams of Operation Puff-Adder attached to Anti kidnapping squad after being briefed about series of kidnap cases in the state embarked on a discreet investigation which led them to Anambra State where 6 persons were arrested in connection to the cases of kidnapping in the state.
During the cause of investigation, officers from the command arrested the following persons who confessed to have been involved in kidnapping and selling of children in Kano, they include; Paul Owne 38 years, Mercy Paul 38 years, Emmanuel Igwe resident of Anambra state, Ebere Ogbodo in Anambra, Luisa Duru of Imo state and one Monica Orachaa a buyer in Anambra state.
Children rescued are; 10 years old Umar Faruk Ibrahim renamed as Onyedika Ogbodo, 9years old Aisha Mohd Abdullahi renamed as Ozioma Ogbodo, Usman Mohammed, 5 years, Amira Auwalu 4 years old.
Others are Husna Salisu 4 years old, Blessing Ogbodo 10 years old and Chiemere Ogbodo 6 years old.
Further more, Officers from the command has recovered 15 assorted types of riffles while on surveillance patrol along Kwanar Dangora and Falgore Forest during a raid on a kidnappers hideout and recovered 7AK 47 Riffles, 3 pump action guns and 5 locally made guns as well as 3 bags containing live and expired 9.62 ammunition.
Other suspects arrested according to the Commissioner include Robbery suspects who specializes in car snatching in various parts of the state and 22 vehicles were so far recovered from them.
Iliyasu confirmed that the children kidnapped and sold out have been reunited with their family members while those involved in their kidnap would soon be charged to court at the completion of investigations.
He warned that the police will not relent in its efforts to rid the state of every form of crime stressing that no stone will be left unturned in the pursuit, arrest and persecution of criminals in the state.
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