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Rivers: Police arrest suspected trafficker, rescue newborn twins

10:32 Oct 16 2023 Rivers State

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The Rivers State Police Command, on Thursday, arrested a suspected child trafficker identified as Peace Effiong with two newborn twins along the Rumuikini-Choba area of the East-West Road, Obio/Akpor Local Government Area of the state.

The state Commissioner of Police, Emeke Nwonyi, made this known in Port Harcourt, the state capital, on Friday.

Nwonyi explained that operatives of the command’s anti-cultism unit while on routine patrol in the area intercepted a Toyota Sienna carrying occupants with suspicious behaviour.

He said upon conducting a search, the operatives saw the twin babies in the woman’s company, saying she was arrested following her inability to give a good account of the babies’ origin.

The CP stated, “Operatives of the anti-cultism unit conducted a vital operation on Thursday, 5th of October, 2023. While on intensive patrol along Rumuekini – Choba, East-West Road, Port Harcourt, they intercepted a Toyota Sienna carrying occupants with suspicious behaviour.

“Upon conducting a search, we discovered twin babies, a male and a female, both approximately two days old, in the company of one Peace Effiong. However, Effiong could not provide a satisfactory account of the babies’ origin. Her alleged husband, an unknown man, fled, abandoning one of the babies.

“Effiong confessed to being introduced by a friend in Lagos to procure these newborn babies in Port Harcourt for the sum of N2.8 million. We have initiated an investigation to apprehend other suspects involved.”
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