The Rivers State Police Command has released emergency phone numbers for residents to call and report suspicious movements.
Spokesperson of the state command, DSP, Grace Iringi-Koko released the numbers – 08039213071, 08098880134 in a statement while confirming that the command bursted a child trafficking ring in Omagwa and Igwuruta axis of the state.
She reaffirmed the command’s commitment to reducing crime and criminality in the state, and urged members of the public to be vigilant.
She revealed that about 10 suspects involved in the illegal act were arrested by the Police.
The statement reads,
Rivers State Police Command on Saturday 7th January 2023, at about 1645 hours based on credible intelligence available to C4I Intelligence Unit Operatives, stormed Igwuruta and Omagwa axis,”
“Following an intelligence report, the following suspects were arrested by police operatives: Favour Bright ‘F’, 30 years old, from Umudioga Community in Emohua Local Government Area of Rivers State, and Peace Alikoi ‘F’, 40 years old, from Iguruta Community in Ikwerre Local Government Area, who is the leader of the syndicate and the owner of the outfits.
“Others were Gift Saviour ‘F’ 19yrs from Umudioga Community in Ikwerre Local Government Area, Favour Charles ‘F’ 23yrs from Abale Community in Obingwa LGA of Abia State, Joy Monday ‘F’ 21yrs from Bumy Community Gokana Local Government Ares Rivers State, Chiagoro Nice ‘F’ 19yrs from Ndas Community Etche Local Government Area, Blessing Francis ‘F’ 28yrs from Ngwa Community Ikot Ekpene Local Government Area Akwa Ibom State, Joy Emmanuel ‘F’ 29yrs from Ikot Obiom Community in Insit Ebiom Local Government Area Akwa Ibom State, Precious Kalu ‘F’ 25yrs from Umudioga Emohua Local Government Area Rivers State.
“Cynthia Ekeh ‘F’ 27yrs from Okpuala Community Ngor Okpuala Local Government Area Imo State, Queen Amos ‘F’ 28yrs from Owase Community in Kwande Local Government Area Benue State. Chika Nwosa ‘F’ 15yrs from Umudioga Emohua Local Government Area, Chigozie Ogbonna ‘M’ 29yrs From Abale Community Obingwa Local Government Area Abia State and Noble Uzochi ‘M’ 17yrs from Omuobasa Community in Osisioma Local Government Area Abia State.
“After the victims have been put to bed, the suspect leader will keep the baby with her while she pays the mother a sum of Five Hundred Thousand Naira (N500, 000:00). All of the suspects admitted to participating in the dirty game to meet their financial needs.
“A Honda Pilot Jeep with Reg. Number, Lagos, FST 607 AX, white was recovered from her. Efforts are being made to arrest the buyers of their offspring.
“The Command wishes to reaffirm its commitment to reducing crime and criminality in all of its forms to a bare minimum. While painstaking effort is being deployed to ensure the above, members of the public are urged to remain vigilant and report any suspicious activity to the police at the following emergency number: 08039213071, 08098880134.”