A mother and her daughter have been arrested by the Anambra State police for allegedly stealing a four-year-old girl and selling her off for N250,000.
The incident happened at Awada, Obosi, in the Idemili North Local Government Area of the state.
The woman, Ngozi Ede, and her daughter, Kosiso, were said to have stolen the baby from her mother in an army barracks in the state.
The state Police Public Relations Officer, Haruna Mohammed, confirmed the story.
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He however, said the baby had been recovered and handed over to her mother in good condition.
He stated, “Police detectives attached to the Awada Division arrested one Ngozi Ede, female, aged 42 years, and her daughter, Kosiso Ede, female, aged 17 years of No. 4 Ukaegbu Junction, Awada.
“The suspects conspired and stole one Mesoma Ikoko, aged four years, from the custody of her mother, one Nneka Ikoko, of the Mammy Market, Army Barracks, Onitsha.
“Preliminary investigation further led to the arrest of one Ifeoma Okeke, aged 45 years, who collected the child from the above mentioned suspects and handed her over to one Ifeoma Okonkwo of Eke Nkpor.
“The stolen baby has been recovered in good condition and handed over to her mother. Consequently, the sum of N250,000 suspected to be part of the proceeds of the illicit transaction was also recovered as exhibit.”
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