- A 3-year-old who was kidnapped by tenants has finally been recovered
- The little girl had reportedly been kidnapped in 2018, alongside her sister in their home
- It was gathered that the mother had left them in the care of the tenants who ran away with them
The Edo state police command has reportedly recovered a 3-year-old identified as Christabel Omokpia in Enugu state. The little girl had reportedly been kidnapped by tenants in June, 2018.
According to The Guardian, the little was sold three times to different people. She was said to have been found the third time she was sold for N850,000.
It was gathered that she had been sold by an orphanage in Rivers state. Christabel, who was two years old at the time of the kidnap, was said to have been kidnapped alongside her sister, Amanda.
The siblings were taken from their home in Utesi village in Ovia northeast local government area after their mother left them in the care of two female tenants of their father.
Mary and Rose, the tenants, who allegedly kidnapped the girls, had disappeared on the day the girls went missing.
It was gathered that Christabel was first sold for N450,000, and later resold for N500,000 to a trafficker identified as Ogechi Favour. She was later sold again for N850,000 to another trafficker identified as Anioke Augustine in Enugu State.
Christabel was returned to her family on Wednesday, May 22. It was said that the 3-year-old could not recognize her parents.
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Edo police command spokesperson, Chidi Nwabuzor, disclosed that the commissioner of police, Danmallam Abubakar, had ordered the recovery of the children. Four suspects who were earlier arrested had triggered the search for the child.
According to Nwabuzor, the suspects were in connection with missing children and they are being detained in prisons in Ondo and Edo states.
Nwabuzor revealed that the search for the 3-year-old had taken officers who were tracing her to Benin, Delta, Anambra, Rivers, Imo and Enugu states. He also revealed that the police would not rest until the missing sister is found.
It was learned that the woman that bought Amanda took her to Ogwas-Chikwu in Delta state.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had earlier reported that the family of a 2-year-old girl identified as Ojo Esther who went missing, had thanked Legit.ng for help in publishing the little girls story. The family said they were grateful two months after she was found.
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