More than 20 children suspected to have been abducted, were rescued by the police in Calabar over the weekend.
The haggard-looking children were rescued from a building along Asuquo Abasi Street, Efut Abasi Uwanse community in Calabar South Local Government Area.
The rescued children, who were cramped in a fortified room by their captors, were later taken to Mbukpa Police Station in Calabar.
A 55-year-old woman and her daughter, 27, who live in the house where the children were rescued, were arrested and are currently helping the police in their investigation.
The woman and her daughter were almost lynched by angry mob but were saved following the timely intervention of the police.
The clan head of Efut Abasi Uwanse community, Muri Okon Etim Effiong, told the Nigerian Pilot Sunday that he was alerted of the incident by the landlord of the premises where the abducted children were kept.
According to him, “the landlord informed me that one of his tenants, Miss Inameti Etuk, who claimed to be a student, was keeping some children in her one room apartment. When I got there, the number of children I saw in the room shocked me.
“I immediately alerted the police who came in their patrol vans and rescued the children. They also saved the suspects from being lynched by angry residents of the community.”
One of the suspects (Inameti’s mother) who claimed she was the General Overseer of God is God Victory Ministry disclosed that she wanted to move the rescued children to Akwa Ibom state.
The woman further claimed she runs an orphanage recognised by the federal government where children are trained in various skills while those willing to go to school are sponsored by the orphanage. Mr. Nsikak Ekpo, the landlord of the premises said he was notified of the presence of the children by his wife.
“My wife informed me that about 20 children were brought in a truck to my compound this morning and were camped in Inameti’s room.”
The landlord said that when he confronted Miss Inameti (his tenant), who moved into his premises about two months ago and claimed to be a student of University of Calabar, UNICAL, she confessed that her mother brought the children.
Mr. Ekpo disclosed that he immediately notified the clan head of the community who alerted the police, leading to the rescue of the children and arrest of the two suspects.