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Couple nabbed for allegedly buying stolen girl for N.8m

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A couple has been arrested for allegedly buying a 10-year old girl in Onitsha, Anambra State.

The victim, Favour Asuqwo, suspected to have been stolen from Akwa Ibom since 2018, was reportedly sold to the suspects in the commercial city of Onitsha for the sum of N800,000.

It was gathered that the suspects had changed the victim’s name to Faith Ezeukwu soon after they bought her over. The victim has also been rescued by the police.

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Police spokesperson, Haruna Mohammed, confirmed the arrest yesterday, saying the suspects were arrested by police detectives following intelligence report. He, however, said the abductors were still at large.

He said: “On February 21, 2020, a girl child of about 10 years old reasonably suspected to have been stolen from Akwa Ibom State since 2018 and sold to a couple in Anambra State at the rate of N800,000, was rescued by police detectives attached to 33 division, Onitsha following intelligence report.

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“Preliminary investigation revealed that the child’s original name was Favour Asuqwo before her “new parents,” the suspects who are now in police custody gave her a new name as Faith Ezeukwu after they allegedly bought her from her captors presently at large.

“Anyone with useful information about the rescued child should report at the 33 Police Station Onitsha or contact PPRO Anambra State Police Command headquarters Awka through GSM no 08060970639 to enable the victim’s biological parents or close relatives identify her.”

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