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Police arrest 4 suspected child traffickers in Rivers

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The Rivers State Police Command has apprehended four individuals suspected of child trafficking in a recent operation. According to the Police Public Relations Officer, Grace Iringe-Koko, the arrests were made by operatives of the Commissioner of Police Monitoring Unit in response to a complaint by a concerned citizen.

One Ms. Precious Friday reported to the police that her two-year-old son, Jasper Friday, was missing from their home in Ubima community, Ikwerre local government area of Rivers State. The police subsequently arrested Mercy Enyindah, who had visited the complainant’s home shortly before the child’s disappearance. Enyindah confessed to stealing the child and two others with her accomplice, Amaka Ewuzie, between February 16th and March 2023.

Enyindah’s arrest led to the arrest of Chialuka Iheanacho and her husband, Chukwuma Iheanacho, in Delta State. The police are currently tracking down other members of the gang believed to be in Imo State. While some of the rescued children have been reunited with their families, efforts are ongoing to rescue Jasper Friday, who was reportedly sold in Asaba.

The police command urges residents of Rivers State to be wary of exposing their children to strangers and to report any suspicious activity to the authorities. Anyone with information about the whereabouts of Jasper Friday is encouraged to contact the police via the following emergency numbers: 08039213071, 08098880134.

The Rivers State Police Command is taking strong action against child trafficking with the arrest of four suspects, including a couple, in a recent operation. The police urge residents to be cautious and report any suspicious activity involving children to the authorities. The search for Jasper Friday, who was reportedly sold, continues, and the public is encouraged to provide any information that may help in his rescue.

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