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Attempt by a Child Trafficking Syndicate to steal and traffic a two-year-old boy on holiday in her mother’s sisters compound has backfired.
It took the prompt directive of the Commissioner Of Police, CP Wale Abass and rapid response and intervention by the Operatives of the State Investigation Bureau,SIB, who through an intelligence led operation, tracked and located where the stolen child was hidden.
According to the Command, the feat was achieved after analyzing the phone conversation of some suspected persons, leading to the arrest of two suspects named as a 57 years Mallam Sa’ad Ahmed Baba of 12 , Lagos Street, cable point , Asaba and 25 years old female identified as Halima Abubakar of Jaret cable point Asaba, same residence where the child was stolen from ,were arrested.
Consequently, the suspects took Police Operatives to their den, where the child was rescued at Issele-Asagba .
In a related development, a fleeing Cultist, Ifeoma Sunday, alias “COCO” ,who has been on the police radar for the crimes of Arson, Murder and armed robbery ,was reported parading the community with a gun.
He was also alleged to have been terrorizing Aghalokpe community .
Following his sighting, the Divisional Police Officer, DPO Orerokpe Division,mobilized his men and led patrol teams to the community where the suspect was arrested and one locally made cut-to-size single-barrel gun, one expended cartridge were recovered from him.
The statement signed and dispatched to News Planet International by the Command’s Public Relations Officer, DSP Bright Edafe, States as follows :
“On 3/8/2023, at about 1100hours, the Command received information from a resident of Jaret in Asaba, that on 2/8/2023, her child Ridwan Ibrahim ‘m’ aged 2yrs went missing while playing with other children in the compound of her sister whom she went to visit. Based on this information, the Commissioner of Police Delta State CP Wale Abass psc, detailed operatives of SIB to embark on an intelligence-led investigation. The team swung into action, analyzing the phone conversation of some suspected person. Consequently, on 3/8/2023, two suspects namely Mallam Sa’ad Ahmed Baba ‘m’ aged 57yrs of no. 12 Lagos Street, cable point Asaba and Halima Abubakar ‘f’ aged 25ys of Jaret cable point Asaba were arrested, and the child was rescued at Issele-Asagba where they hid the child. Investigation is ongoing.
“On 3/8/2023, at about 0700 hours, the DPO Orerokpe received information that one Ifeoma Sunday ‘m’ A’K’A COCO, a suspected notorious cultist who has been terrorizing Aghalokpe community and also wanted for his involvement in an earlier reported case of attempted murder, Arson, Armed Robbery, was sighted in the community parading with a gun. The DPO Orerokpe mobilized and led patrol teams to the community where the suspect was arrested and one locally made cut-to-size single-barrel gun, one expended cartridge were recovered from him. The suspect and exhibit are in custody while investigation is ongoing.
According to DSP Edafe, CP Wale abass urged parents and guardians to be cautious and pay close attention to their children and wards in other not to fall victim while assuring residents that the Command will not allow these criminal syndicates to thrive in the State.
He therefore called for support from members of the public ,especially in the area of providing credible, timely, and useful information that will aid in crime fighting to the Police.