Ahamefule Chime Onitsha
The eagle-eyed market security operatives at Millennium Merchant Line, Sokoto Road Market Onitsha popularly known as “Importers Line” Tuesday arrested a middle-aged man, Mr. Ambrose Amaechi for allegedly abducting a twelve year old girl from Enugu to Onitsha, Anambra State. According to the suspect, Mr. Amaechi who said he resides at Onitsha Military Cantonment and working under a man called boss, also popularly known as “God Father” said he was at the market to buy a new skirt so that the girl would change to new attire as it was suspicious for her to remain in her school uniform.
Suspicion arose when the suspect took the girl to Onitsha Millennium Market, Sokoto Road to purchase a new skirt for the victim, Miss Charity Okoh with which to change to a new attire. Rather, the teenager chose to undress at the centre of the market exposing the erotic parts of her body. The girl’s strange behavior, however, stunned traders of the line while such a teenager could undress in public.
Not wanting to take anything to chances the traders, however, alerted the chairman of the market, Chief Valentine Ezechukwu and his Secretary,Mr. Ikenna Igboamaeze who now arrived the scene. But before their arrival the suspect and the victim had been taken away by market security operatives. On reaching the security office, the little girl who had now regained conscious of herself narrated that she was in her school uniform going to school in Enugu yesterday morning when the suspect called her and she answered, thinking that he had a message for her and hung a necklace round her neck and she immediately became unconscious.
While she could no longer realize herself according to the victim they both boarded a vehicle to Onitsha. She stated that she still remained unconscious until she started removing the necklace hung around her neck while attempting to change to a new skirt bought for her by the suspect on the scene where the man was arrested.
The incident which drew the attention of the entire market and the adjoining Onitsha Main Market Traders, however, disrupted business activities for about one hour before the Chairman, Chief Valentine Ezechukwu, the Secretary, Mr. Igboamaeze and other members of the executives ordered the traders to commence with their businesses. However, the suspect, Amaechi and the victim, Miss Charity Okoh have been handed over to the Department of Security Service (DSS) for further investigations.