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Army hands over alleged kidnappers to police in Taraba

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The Nigerian Army has paraded and delivered to the State Police Command three alleged kidnappers trapped in an army checkpoint in the state of Taraba.

The Nigeria newspaper report that the soldiers of the 20 Model Battalion kidnapped the suspects, a 37-year-old woman identified as Ruth Okoronkwo and her brother, as well as an Emmanuel Kelechi, a taxi driver, while Serti drove a checkpoint in Sabin Take the Jalingo-Wukari road.

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Parading the suspects before journalists at the police headquarters in Jalingo before handing them over to the police, the commander of the Model 20 battalion, Serti, Lt. Col. Musa Adamu, said the Army and other sister security agencies would continue to work together Against crime.

He said the suspects were in the custody of two children when they were arrested after a distress call from a family member of one of the victims who was kidnapped in Iware, a community also along the Jalingo-Wukari road.

He said: “Officers of the Model 20 Battalion, Serti arrested the kidnappers after a distress call from relatives of one of the kidnapped victims taken from Iware under the local Ardo-Kola government area of ​​Taraba state.

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“The alleged kidnappers claimed that the children belonged to them when they were intercepted at the checkpoint, but when the relatives who made the distress call arrived, they identified their kidnapped son, Ibrahim Ali, who is only two years old.

“The interrogation of the criminals by the troops revealed that the other kidnapped victim, John Emmanuel, who is one year and four months old, as shown by one of the kidnap suspects, was chosen in Yola, Adamawa state, whose parents are not yet contacted. ”

Speaking to reporters, Ruth, 37, who claimed to be a businesswoman, said she was recruited to kidnap babies for the sum of N50,000.

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According to her, “this is the first time I do something like this. They promised me the sum of N50,000 if I could help them kidnap children.

“I have known him for a long time (Emmanuel Kelechi) as a taxi driver who used to help me transport my goods because I am a businesswoman. I’m asking for forgiveness, and I would never do it again. ”

But Emmanuel Kelechi, who also talked to reporters, said he has been doing business for more than a month and admitted to hiring Okoronkwo to help him kidnap children for someone who promised to pay him N200,000 for each baby delivered. “I have been doing this for more than a month. Someone I met in Umuahia introduced me to this.

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He told me that if I could have a baby, he would pay me N200,000. As an everyday driver, the offer attracted me. He said he would sell children to couples in search of children.

“Then, when I took my younger brother to Yola, where I was going to resume school, I met this woman with whom I spoke, and they both agreed to do the work together.”

Also speaking with journalists, Mr. Ali Ibrahim, father of rescued Ibrahim, gave glory to God for saving his son and expressed his gratitude to the Army for his efforts.