by crossriverwatch admin
The Abia State Police Command, on Tuesday, paraded different groups of suspected child traffickers in Umuahia the state capital.
Among the suspects that were paraded included one Joseph Edet Essien a native of Ifetai in Calabar, Cross River State, who allegedly stole a three-year-old child, Dorcas Emmanuel Usen.
Parading the suspect, Police Public Relations Officer, Geoffrey Ogbonna , said the suspected child thief was arrested with the victim at Aba while negotiating with a buyer now at large.
He said upon interrogation, the suspect confessed he stole the victim from Calabar where the mother had kept her in the custody of her siblings .
In an interview with journalists, the suspect confessed to the crime, saying he was promised N200,000 by the buyer, and pleaded for forgiveness.
There was however, a mild drama when the suspect was asked to pose for a photograph with the victim but the innocent child never wanted him to come close to her, as she became hostile and burst into tears.
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