THE Imo State Police Command has burst a child-stealing syndicate, believed to be responsible for the reported thefts and child-trafficking cases in the state.
Briefing newsmen in Owerri, state Commissioner of Police, Mr Mohammed Katsina, said the most pathetic was the case of a two-week-old baby boy, who was sold to a couple, Mr. and Mrs. Paulinus Ogugua of Umueji-Agha, Akokwa, Ideato North Local Government Area of the state.
Katsina said: “This is a pathetic story of an innocent, totally defenceless human being, whose only crime is that he has been brought into the world by people whose love for money and material things go beyond any human thinking.”
In a similar development, the Command said it arrested a 33-year old Amarachi Njoku, described as “the kingpin of a dreaded gang that specializes in child stealing.”
Vanguard gathered that on interrogation, Amarachi allegedly confessed to the crime and also added that his reason for being part of the gang was pecuniary.