Eight children (4 boys and 4 girls) who were kidnapped from Kano State in 2014, have been recovered in Anambra State.
The mystery was resolved following the arrest of one Paul Owne, who abducted one Harlan Sagir Bako and attempted to move him to Anambra State, where he would be sold.
The state Commissioner of Police, Ahmed Iliyasu, said Bako was abducted on September 11, 2019, on his way home from Islamiyya School at Yankaba quarters, Kano.
He said, ‘’The command’s tactical team of Operation Puff Adder attached to the anti-kidnapping squad was detailed for discreet investigation in the course of which the suspects were arrested.
They confessed to have conspired among themselves and abducted various children from areas like Sauna, Kwanar Jaba, Kawo, Hotoro Yankaba and Dakata quarters all within the Kano metropolis.’’ .
Among the suspects arrested are Paul Owne, Mercy Paul, Emmanuel Igwe, Ebere Ogbodo, Monica Orachaa and Louisa Duru.
The rescued children are Umar Faruq Ibrahim, 10 (male); renamed as Onyedika Ogbodo; Aisha Moh’d Abdullahi, 9 (female), renamed as Ozioma Ogbodo; Usman Mohammed, 5, (male); Amira Auwalu, 4 (female) and Husna Salisu, 4 (female). .
Others were Blessing Ogbodo, 10 (female); Chiazozie Ogbodo, 11 (male); Chiemerie Ogbodo, 6 (male). The kids have since been reunited with their respective family members.