Ebonyi state Police Command, has handed over a 4 year old boy who was kidnapped in Rivers state back to her mother in Ebonyi.
The Command spoke person, SP Chris Anyanwu who disclosed this to newsmen in Abakaliki said that the little boy of 4 years whose name was given as Testimony from Omuma, Rivers state that was stolen from Omuma in Eche local Government of Rivers State.
He stated that the suspect claimed that her mother is a nurse, but after thorough investigation into the matter, the authentic owner of the baby was discovered who has proven beyond reasonable doubt that they boy is her biological son which has made police to hand over the little boy to her mother today.
He said: “Recall that last week I paraded a syndicate that specializes in kidnapping, adopting, stealing and selling children.
`One of them happens to be a little boy simply known as Testimony was stolen from Port Harcourt.
At that point, the suspect claimed that her mother is a nurse but however, we have contacted the mother of this little boy and she has proven beyond reasonable doubt that she is the biological mother of testimony, and we are here to hand her baby boy over to her which is the essence of this briefing.
“The syndicate comprises a young girl known as precious and her cohort who is a male. Precious claimed that she gave birth to the baby and sold the baby and then stole Testimony from her mother and took to a woman in Afikpo who in turn sold to a man that lives in Enugu.
“I want to tell you that D7 is a unit in state CID in Ebonyi state that is investigating this matter.
They have not left any stone unturned until when they get to the root of all the mysteries surrounding the stealing of children which has been trending in recent times and police has done a very good job on it.
“SP Millicent Amadi who is in charge of this unit is the one that connected the mother of this child and she has also opened a lot of things while investigating this matter. “Today, we want to hand over this boy, Testimony to her mother”.
In her reaction after receiving the boy from police, the boy’s mother, Mrs.Theresa Nweke stated that she was living in the same compound with Precious who kidnapped her son saying that she went to work when Precious traveled with the boy to unknown destination.
She said: “Precious and her boy friend are living in the same yard with me. She is my friend to the extent that I started living my baby for her to go to work.
I work for my Madam in restaurant. On 5th of August, by 4:30pm, Precious called me on phone that they have traveled and I asked her about my child, she said she traveled with him and if I need my child, I should bring 1.5 million and if i didn’t bring the money, I should forget about the child.”
“Fews days later, they called me and asked how much have I gotten and I told them that I have gotten 50,000 naira; the sent in their account number and I paid the 50,000 naira”.
“After they have gotten the alert, they switched off their phone for one week. After one week, they called me again to send another 20,000 for their transport in order to bring they boy which I told him to bring account but I don’t have another money to pay again.
I went to Rivers State CID to report the matter and I gave them her phone number which the used to track the child in Ebonyi state.
They asked me to go and bring money in order to track they woman and they took 30,000 naira from me to write and submit my statement, they collected 15,000 naira from me. They asked me to go back and look for N80, 000 naira so that they can start tracking the woman.”
“As I went home to think about it, I received a call from Ebonyi state police CID asking whether I know a boy called Testimony, which I said yes. They told me that my child is under their custody in State CID, Abakaliki, that I should come and pick him”.
“I took the number that called back to Rivers state CID which the confirmed is from Ebonyi state CID. The demanded for me to bring money to transport me to Ebonyi to collect the child but I told them I don’t have another money because the money is too much.
In Ebonyi, the said if I didn’t come fast, they will transfer the baby to state women welfare or motherless baby”. “I later came yesterday with the little money I gathered to Ebonyi and they child has been given to me.”