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Police arrest woman in Enugu market for child trafficking

by News Echo
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Police detectives in Enugu have arrested a middle-aged woman at popular Ogbete market while attempting to sell 8-year-old male.

The 35 year old suspect whose name was given as Juliet Donatus was said to have been picked up by law enforcement agents following a tip off. The child was rescued while the suspect confessed to have stolen the victim from Zamfara State and brought him to Enugu in search for a buyer.

The State Police Public Relations Officer, Daniel Ndukwe who confirmed the story said the case was transferred to Gender/Anti-Human Trafficking Section of the State CID Enugu for preliminary investigation and had been further handed over to Kaduna State Police Command for conclusive investigation and prosecution. The woman trafficker was among 45 suspected criminals arrested in Enugu between March and April 2022.

A police statement identified their offences to include conspiracy, murder, rape/defilement, kidnapping/abduction, armed robbery, unlawful possession of firearm, stealing, vandalism and cultism.

“The operational activities led to the rescue of four (4) abducted/kidnapped victims, recovery of twenty-five (25) firearms of different makes, thirty-one (31) live ammunition of different calibres, fifty-three live cartridges, three (3) motor vehicles, six (6) tricycles, two (2) motorcycles and other incriminating exhibits.

Police said that an investigation into most of the cases have been concluded and charged to court, while others are currently being investigated. Also arrested was Onyemaechi Okorie, 19, who murdered his male co-worker in a construction site at Independence Layout Enugu. He hails from Uburu in Ohaozara LGA of Ebonyi State.

Preliminary investigation revealed that the suspect engaged the deceased in a serious fight and used a rod to hit him on the head. The victim was immediately moved to the hospital for treatment, but was later confirmed dead by doctors on duty and the corpse deposited in the mortuary for preservation and autopsy. The case has been transferred to the State CID Enugu for conclusive investigation and prosecution.

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