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 Delta police arrest child trafficking syndicate, rescue abducted toddler

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In a significant breakthrough, the Delta Police Command has successfully apprehended a child trafficking syndicate and rescued a three-year-old child from their clutches. The suspects involved in this heinous crime are Mohammed Isah, Ibrahim Sani, Kabiru Ibrahim, and a 32-year-old cripple named Abubakar Mohammed.

The incident came to light earlier this week when Aisha Yusuf, a resident of Abraka community in Asaba, reported to the police that her three-year-old son, Abubakar Atiku, had been stolen by a man named Mohammed Isah, aged 35.

Promptly responding to the complaint, the Commissioner of Police in Delta State, CP Wale Abass, issued a directive to the DPO of the ‘C’ Division in Asaba, CSP Apu Torukeregha, to apprehend the suspect and rescue the abducted child. The police team from the division’s Anti-Crime Patrol embarked on an extensive search for the missing child.

Acting on a tip-off, the police team conducted a raid at the Abraka market in Oshimili-South LGA, where they successfully apprehended the prime suspect, Mohammed Isah. Subsequently, the suspects led the police to a hotel in Onitsha, Anambra State, where they discovered the missing child in the custody of Suleiman Mohammed, aged 38.

Paragraph 5: During the investigation, the suspect apprehended in Anambra confessed to his involvement in the crime, revealing that he was awaiting a buyer willing to pay ₦800,000 for the abducted child. The police have confirmed this information through preliminary investigations.

Bright Edafe, the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) of the Delta Command, verified the situation and disclosed that the child has been safely reunited with the mother. Additionally, the police have the suspects in custody, and a thorough investigation is currently underway.

The initial findings suggest that the arrested individuals are part of a child trafficking syndicate involved in the abduction of children for sale at exorbitant prices. This successful operation serves as a strong message against child trafficking and highlights the commitment of the Delta Police Command in combating this grave social issue.

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