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I lure babies with biscuits, says man nabbed for stealing children in Abia

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A suspected child trafficker, Ekene Duru, and his accomplice have been arrested by men of the Rapid Response Squad in Enugu State for stealing two children in Abia State and trafficking them to Port Harcourt, Rivers State to a woman who sells them off to couples looking for children.

While being interrogated, Ekene confessed that he goes about stealing children as little as two years old. “I sell children. I steal children and deliver to people. I steal children of about two years old and sell them off to a woman who stays in Port Harcourt.”

On how he gets the children to follow him, Ekene said: “I buy them biscuit or egg. After I steal them, I will enter a motorcycle or tricycle. Nobody stops to ask me who owns the child and the child too will not cry.”

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Ekene said he has only stolen two children so far and has sold them both, one for N200,000 and the other for N100,000.

The police spokesman, Geoffrey Ogbonna, said the command arrested five persons in connection with the stealing of children. The suspects are Chinonso Sylvanus, aged 17; Ekene Duru, 31; Rose Okoro, 45; Ngozi Ukpabi; and Chidi Okoro.

He told The Guardian yesterday that they were arrested at different times and locations in the state following investigations by men of the command’s Rapid Response Squad, adding that they will be charged to court after investigation.

One of Ekene’s accomplice, Chinonso Sylvanus, said Ekene contracted him to steal children. “This man here is my Oga. He is the one that asked me to go and steal this child. I stole the child from his mother’s shop where she makes hair. I entered there and stole the child. People saw me when I entered and carried the child. The mother knows me.

I stole the boy and carried him to my Oga who gave me N50,000. I used the money to run to Owerri. It was my Oga that told me to run to Owerri or Port Harcourt.’’

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