The Imo State Commissioner of Police , Dasuki Galadanchi , on Tuesday in Owerri handed over two children abducted and sold for N 200 ,000 in Akure , Ondo State capital, to their biological parents .
The CP , who paraded the suspect , Mary Paul , before reuniting the children – Unmi Isiaku , 5; and Habib Awalu, 7 – with their parents , Marutala Ishaku and Awalu Muhammed , said the victims were stolen three weeks ago in Akure .
Galadanchi explained that the suspect became a tenant in the house the children lived with their patents to perfect her plan of abducting the kids .
The police boss said , “I want to hand over these two children – Unmi and Habib – to their fathers . But before I do that , let me show you the woman who stole them three weeks ago in Ondo State .
“The suspect , Mary Paul , became a tenant in the compound where the children were living with their parents .
She stayed for only four days before she stole the kids .
“These children were part of the 11 children we rescued a few weeks ago .
These children – a boy and a girl – were stolen three weeks ago . By the grace of God , my men from the Federal Special Anti- Robbery Squad rescued them and arrested the suspect .
“We must preach against trafficking in human beings . Children are special gifts from God and we must work hard to protect them .
“After stealing these children in Ondo State , the suspect , who hails from Cross River State , ran to Imo State to sell them .
“The amount she sold the children will tell you that some people have sold their souls to the devil . We must keep uncovering them . I assure you that this woman will not go unpunished. We will charge her to court.”
In an interview, the suspect said she sold the children for N 200 ,000 .
She said , “I rented an apartment in Ondo State , in the same compound where the parents of the children were living with the sole aim of abducting Unmi and Habib.”
Muhammed , the father of Unmi, told
PUNCH Metro that he suspected that Paul was responsible for the disappearance of their children when she moved out of the area a few day after the children got missing .
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