Police yesterday paraded seven suspected child traffickers and two of their victims in Makurdi, in a swift response to the gale of child abduction in the state, in recent times.
Addressing newsmen, the state police spokesman, Austin Ezeani, said the command learnt about the syndicate when a young lady, Dooshima Adogo, reported that her two-month-old baby was snatched from her at Akwa Motor Park in Buruku Local Government Area of the state when she refused to hand it over to members of the syndicate who had given her some money for maintenance.
Ezeani further intimated that the police was able to trace the young lady’s aunty, one Grace Aande, who disclosed details about the syndicate that took away Dooshoma’s two month old baby to the east part of the country.
He said the syndicate paid the sum of N220, 000 for the child and explained that the money was sent to the members through Mrs Aande’s husband who admitted that he was a dismissed police officer.
The police spokesman also disclosed that Aande who has a total of 18 children, added that the sum of N22,000 paid for the little girl was sent into Aande’s account from the east by one Mr. Aja, who has equally been arrested.
He said detectives from the command have since arrested Mrs. Aande who assisted the police to track down some of the members of the syndicate in Benue and in one of the eastern states where the child was recovered.
Ezeani further stated that some members of the syndicate have been arrested while the police are in the East trailing those behind it, stressing that one Veronica Vanger, who has six children and had arranged for the abduction and trafficking of children was among those in police net.
He also disclosed that three other suspects from Demekpe and Igbor areas of Makurdi and Gwer local government areas were being charged to court and said one Timbir Shija and two other persons were being charged to court.
While speaking with newsmen, Vanger accepted arranging for the sale of a child for N150, 000 and that she had equally arranged for a pregnant woman to go to Asaba and give birth to a baby, which would later be sold, but the pregnant woman, Nguseer Anum, escaped.
Vanger, confirmed that one Mngbekanger Doo gave birth to the child that was sold for N150, 000 and said that she was also pregnant.

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