24 May 2019

Nigeria: Police Recover Edo Girl Sold for N850,000

The Edo State police command has recovered Christabel Omokpia in Enugu State who was sold for N850,000 by an orphanage in Rivers State. Christabel was two years old when she and her sister, Amanda, were stolen away from Utesi village in Ovia North East local government area by two female tenants of their father in June last year.

Their mother, Faith, left them in the care of the tenants, Mary and Rose, who disappeared with the children to an unknown destination. Christabel was first sold for N450,000 by the tenants and resold for N500,000 to one Ogechi Favour. She was later sold again for N850,000 to one Anioke Augustine in Enugu State.

Relative of Christabel identified as Beauty said the family was happy to have her back. Beauty said Christabel could not recognise her parents again.

Police sources said she was reunited with her family on Wednesday night. The source said Anioke adopted Christabel without due process.

Spokesman for Edo Police Command, DSP Chidi Nwabuzor, said it was the Commissioner of Police, Danmallam Abubakar, that ordered for recovery of the children.

Nwabuzor said the search for Christabel took police operatives from Benin to Delta, Anambra, Rivers, Imo and Enugu states. He said four suspects earlier arrested in connection with the missing children were already in prisons in Ondo and Edo states.

On the whereabouts of Amanda, Nwabuzor said the police would do its best to recover her. It was learnt that the woman that bought Amanda took her to Ogwas-Chikwu in Delta State.

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