The Imo State Police Command has arrested the resident pastor of JESUS LIFE ASSEMBLY, Evangelist Ugochi Orisakwe for alleged child trafficking.
Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) CP Michael Abattam, disclosed this in a release he issued on Thursday and availed Daily Nigerian Horn.
The release read:
“Sequel to credible information received on 8/9/2021 at about 0830 hours by the Imo State Command’s tactical unit, that one Amarachi Okechukwu Dioku “F” age 18 years, of Umudurualaoka Uba Ifakala Mbaitoli LGA of Imo State, who was earlier reported missing on 23/5/2021, by her parents was sighted in the premises of a church located in an isolated area along MCC/Uratta road in Owerri North LGA of Imo State.
“The Commissioner of Police, Imo State Command, CP Rabiu Hussaini psc, immediately dispatched the command’s Anti kidnapping unit, who mobilised, stormed and condoned the church, “JESUS LIFE ASSEMBLY ” located at School Garden, Uratta in Owerri North LGA of Imo State, where the prime suspect and resident Evangelist of the church, Evangelist Ugochi Orisakwe “F” age 47 years along side his gang members namely, Chidi Orisakwe “M” age 34 years , Pauline Nwagbunwanne “F” age 42 years , Elizabeth Uzoma “F” age 61 years and Chibueze Joy “F” age 31 years were all arrested and taken to the station.
“The victim, Miss Amarachi Okechukwu Dioku was rescued unhurt with five months old pregnancy and was immediately, taken to a government hospital for treatment. She was later reunited with her parents amidst jubilation.
“On interrogation, Evangelist Ugochi Orisakwe “F” confessed to have been using the church as a place where young girls are kept, impregnated and after delivery, the girls are paid off and their babies sold to rich and childless clients .
“Meanwhile, investigation is on going and efforts are on to arrest other members of the syndicate who are on the run.
“The Commissioner of Police CP Rabiu Hussaini psc, commended the brilliant and gallant efforts of the tactical teams and called on Imolites to be wary of churches located in isolated areas within their localities. He then warn all persons or groups, who indulge in kidnapping/ trafficking in children to leave the state as the Command has put in a robust strategy that will lead to their arrest forthwith”.