The Niger State Police Command has arrested a 51-year-old woman for allegedly kidnapping a three-year-old girl and attempting to take her to a buyer who had paid her N530,000.
The suspect, who was said to have stolen the child from her parents in the Tudun-Natsira area of Minna, was arrested while trying to board a bus to transport the child to Nnewi in Anambra State.
A statement by the state Police Public Relations Officer, Abiodun Wasiu, on Friday, confirmed that the said the girl has been reunited with her parents.
The statement read, “On October 25, 2023, around 7.30pm, oneBlessing Jeremiah, 51, of Keteren-Gwari, Minna was seen at a bus park around Maitumbi Bye-pass Minna, in an attempt to board a bus to travel with a three-year-old girl suspected to have been abducted.
“Police operatives attached to Tudun-Wada Division were immediately drafted to the park and they arrested the suspect with the girl child. During interrogation, she confessed that she took the child from a compound in the Tudun-Natsira area of Minna on the same date at around 6pm.
“She claimed that she intended to take the child to one Ejima at Nnewi, Anambra State, who contracted her to get a female child for her at the rate of N530,000 while a sum of N230,000 was recovered from the suspect.
“However, the girl has been reunited with her family, case is under investigation at SCID Minna as effort is ongoing to apprehend the said Ejima.”
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