Police hand over two kids to parents 10 days after abduction

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Police in Anambra state on Wednesday handed over two kids kidnapped in Gombe State but rescued in Anambra to their parents.

The two kids, Mustapha Abdulazeez and Musa Yusuf, both aged two, were on October 20, stolen by a three-child stealing syndicate and brought to the popular Tanzan junction area of Onitsha.

Speaking to newsmen during the parading of the suspected abductors, one of the parents of children, Abdulaziz Suleman was full of thanks to God for enabling them see their children again after 20 days in the kidnappers den.

Suleman, a tailor, said the rescue was facilitated through the aid of social media.

He said, “Our children were playing in their compound when they were kidnapped.

“One of our neighbours alerted us after he saw the pictures of the boys on Facebook where they were rescued in Anambra.

“As soon as we confirmed they were our children, we quickly rushed down to the state to reclaim our children. When the children saw us they jumped and ran to us.”

Parading the suspects, the Police spokesperson, Haurana Mohammed said the children were kidnapped in Gombe state and were rescued in Anambra state through intelligent network of security operatives in the state.

He said, “It would be recalled that on the 22/10/2019 at about 10:45am, following intelligence report Police detectives attached to Anambra State Command arrested three female suspects at Nkpor market/Tarzan junction in Idemili North LGA of Anambra State.

“Preliminary investigation revealed that the children were stolen from Gombe by one Blessing Musa ‘f” on the 20/10/2019 and brought to her accomplices in Anambra State.

“Following the Public announcement by the Command on the 27/10/2019, parents of the two kids from Gombe State came to Awka and identified their children.

“They also revealed their names as Walid Yusuf aged 3 years and Mustapha Abdulaziz aged 2 years respectively.

He said the children have since reunited with their parents and suspects were handed over to Gombe State Police Command for further investigation and prosecution.

One of the suspects, Blessing John said she was in a bus with a lady whom she claimed told her she needed financial assistance to train her two children.

She said when she got to Onitsha she approached patience Opia to help her find somebody who would assist to train the children in school.

Meanwhile, no fewer than 119 suspects were on Wednesday paraded in Onitsha for various crimes.

While about 90 of them were arrested in connection with cases of pickpocketing, handbag snatching, peddling of hard drugs, 25 were alleged to be illegal revenue collectors.

Parading the suspects at Onitsha, Police Area Command, the Police spokesperson, Haruna Mohammed said the arrests were made during a raid of major blackspots in Onitsha.

He said investigations have commenced, adding that those found guilty would be charged while the innocent would be released unconditionally.

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