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Ebonyi Police Rescue 5year Old Boy From Hands Of Kidnappers

Wilfred Chimeremeze, Abakaliki
Men of the Anti-Kidnapping Squad of Ebonyi state police command has rescued a five-year-old boy kidnapped on December 30, at Okwu-Ngbo, Ohaukwu local government area of the state.
The State Commissioner of Police, CP Peace Ibekwe Abdallah, who confirmed the incident, said that the victim was kidnapped at about 9:45 pm. She explained that the police expedited action for the prompt rescue of the child because of the threat that the child would be sold.
According to her, after an intelligence gathering, aggressive search and collaborative efforts of the family and the community, the victim was on January 3 rescued after attempt to collect ransom was foiled.
She noted that on December 30, the boy and his two other siblings were said to have gone to their father’s provision store. But when they reached the shop, their dad left the shop to their house.
According to her, the children forget the phone which they came to bring from the shop which their father asked them to bring after the Days sale.
The said child was asked to take the phone to where their dad was relaxing at about 9:45pm but the child diverted to another route that led to his kidnap.
She said “I visited the family myself with the ACID. By the evening of January 2, with the threat to sell the child to Cross Rivers, so they had to reduce the ransom from N1.5million to N100, 000. And you know, if you pay the ransom and you are not careful, you might also loose the child”.
She explained that the boy after being rescued disclosed that he was taken to a nearby Sunday school church by his abductors, where he was fed with garri.
Though three persons have been arrested in connection with the crimes, the police boss observed laxity on the child’s guardians who sent the victim on an errand at about 9:45pm on the day he was kidnapped in the disguise that the small boy is smart.
She admonished parents and guardians that it is illegal to think that a child should do any role in the family, especially late night because it was the total neglect of adults in the house that exposed the child to the risk of being kidnapped.
The CP further advised the public to continue to sharpen their observation skills, vigilant and inform the security agencies on suspicious movement around them.

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