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Gombe: Four arrested over abduction, sale of 12 children

Gombe State Police Command, on Monday marched three ladies and one man for supposed complicity in the kidnapping and offer of 12 kids.

Instructions newsmen in Gombe, the Commissioner of Police in the state, Maikudi Shehu, said the capture of the suspects was as a team with the Anambra State Police Command.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), reports that the three female suspects, Hauwa Usman, 37, from Gombe, Nkechi Odulenye, 54, and Faith Okpi, 38, the two indigenes of Anambra, and Bala Shaukali, 38, from Taraba, the main male suspect, have been on the run since 2017.

The male suspect, Shaukali, was claimed to have offered two of his youngsters to one of the female suspects, Odulenye.

Shehu said the 12 kids were taken from various areas the nation over.

The commissioner said though one of the victims had recognised the father, who came to the command headquarters to check for his missing child, it was not however, certain that all 12 children recovered were from Gombe.

Speaking to newsmen, Shaukali denied selling his children, but admitted to giving them out because he wanted them to be properly trained and educated.

One of the female suspects, Usman, however, admitted that she had been abducting children, selling males ones at N300,000, while the females were sold for N250,000.

Odunleye, one of the suspects, who claimed to have a registered orphanage home in Anambra, admitted that she was buying the children, but was doing so and selling to foster parents, who would take good care of them.

According to the suspect, she has already sold seven out of the 12 children she bought at the cost of N750,000 each to foster parents.

Malam Ibrahim Ardo, Secretary of the amalgamation of parents of abducted children in Gombe State since 2019, said the association had reported the disappearance of no fewer than 20 children to the Police to help recover the children.

Ardo, however, confirmed seeing one of the suspects, Usman, at his house on the day his daughter went missing.

Mr. Dauda Batavia, Gombe State Commissioner for Internal Security and Ethical Orientation, who was at the briefing, said the government had played a critical role in rescue of the victims and arrests of suspects by providing logistics.

Batavia, however, cautioned members of the public against patronising illegal parks, and also advised parents against sending little children on unnecessary errands, especially at night.

The State Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Development, Mrs. Naomi Awak, on her part, called on parents to always be vigilant and know their children’s whereabouts.

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