Five-woman gang 'abducts, sells' boy, 3, for $2 000

2017-06-20 11:29
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Lagos – Police in Nigeria have reportedly arrested at least five women suspected of abducting and selling a 3-year-old boy for less than $2000.

According to Punch, the gang, identified as Chinonye Okere, Joy Ama, Eucheria Amadi, Pauline Uzoamaka and Nnenne Okere were paraded before journalists in Owerri, Imo state over the weekend. 

Police commander, Chris Ezike commended his team for doing a "great job" after they travelled to Lagos to rescue the unnamed boy.

He described the suspects as a "criminal chain", whose deeds were "shameful".

"To learn that they sold this handsome child for a pittance of N600 000 ($1 906) is most annoying and shameful. We will not spare them," Ezike was quoted as saying.

A police official who was allegedly part of the gang was also being investigated.

Reports indicated that child abduction was widespread in the west African country, with some being forced to carry out suicide bombings by the notorious extremist group Boko Haram.

According to Human Rights Watch, Boko Haram fighters have abducted hundreds of children in the country's north.

Boko Haram attacked Damasak in November 2014, took control of the town, and abducted children between ages 2 and 17 years.

The children were locked up in the Zanna Mobarti Primary School, which was used as a base by Boko Haram to tutor captives about their ideology.

Read more on:    boko haram  |  nigeria  |  west africa  |  nigeria kidnappings  |  abductions

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