I bought a stolen 4-year-old boy for N100,000 because I needed a male child – Suspect
Police in Abia State have rescued a 4-year-old boy, Obinna Ozuoba, from child traffickers. They arrested two suspects, one Rowland Egbe, 30, and a 50-year-old woman, Mrs. Chioma Ohajinmmadu, suspected to be the boy’s would-be buyer.
The boy, who was lured with biscuits and Gala, has been reunited with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Uzoma Ozuoba. According to Abia State Police Commissioner, Mr. Leye Oyebade, Rowland Egbe,was arrested while taking the abducted boy to the would-be buyer.
According to Egbe, he had earlier sold a female child to Ohajinmmadu through a middle-man, Uche, and he was paid N50,000 out of the agreed price of N150,000. However, Chioma wanted a male child, hence the kidnap of Obinna.
He said that he knew the Obinna’s parents and the boy knew him. According to Oyebade, Egbe had earlier sold another boy, Maxwell, two weeks before his arrest. Egbe reportedly worked in connivance with one Uche, who is said to be currently at large.
In an interview the buyer said that she decided to buy the boy because she did not have a male child. According to her, “I paid N150,000 for the boy that was first sold to me. But I gave him to another woman because I wanted a fair complexioned boy whose skin would blend with that of my family.”
She claimed that she did not know where the woman who purchased the first boy, identified as Maxwell, from her lived, as the business was transacted on the street.