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Syndicate abducts, inflicts injuries on kids, uses them to beg

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Detectives attached to Fegge Police Station, Anambra State Police Command have smashed a syndicate which allegedly specialised in abducting and inflicting injuries on children, and would later use them to beg for alms. Two suspects, Friday and Ezekiel, were both arrested for being connected to a group known as ‘humanitarian group.’

Some of the group members are currently at the Onitsha prisons, awaiting trial. The group specialises in parading children with different kinds of ailments, using them for alms begging in Onitsha. Some of the abducted children are believed to be sick, suffering from ailments such as cancer.

The Divisional Police Officer (DPO), Mr. Rabiu Garba, in charge of Fegge Police Station, disclosed that the suspects were notorious for using abducted children for alms begging. They move to other locations different from where they kidnapped the children and later inflict injuries on them.

The injuries are expected to attract public empathy. According Garba, six male children with hernia as well as a three-year-old baby girl with cancer of the lips, kidnapped by the suspects had since been rescued and reunited with their families after being treated of their ailments by the division.

Garba explained that the girl was kidnapped at the age of one and half years from Buruku in Benue State, during a wake. He said: “My men and I had been closely monitoring the suspects for a long time. Following our suspicion of their actions with the children, we went after them. We arrested two, while others escaped.”

The DPO advised Nigerians to be cautious of whom they render assistance to. He said: “The suspects, in their confessions, admitted making up to N25,000 daily through the children. In fact, they confessed that they had made N12,800 as early as 8a.m. on the day they were arrested.”

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