From Obinna Odogwu, Awka
Police operatives have arrested a 29-year-old woman whose name was given as Chinwendu Umegbaka for allegedly stealing a three-year-old girl in Okpoko area of Onitsha in Anambra State.
Police Public Relations Officer in the state, DSP Tochukwu Ikenga, in a statement, said that the suspect who hails from Abaomege in Ebonyi State, plotted to sell the child before she was arrested by the police.
The PPRO said that the suspect had denied committing the alleged crime but later confessed to it when the police operatives intensified their interrogation.
“The Anambra State Command operatives on 2/7/2022 at 4:30pm arrested one Miss Chinwendu Umegbaka, 29 years, native Isinkwo Abaomege in Onicha LGA of Ebonyi State on alleged case of Child stealing at Nwawulu Street, Okpoko, Onitsha.
“Preliminary information reveals that the suspect is a neighbour to the parent of the child. Chinwendu when arrested initially denied to know the way about of the 3 year old girl (sic).
“Further interrogation by the police made her to confess, stealing the child with the intention of selling her. Meanwhile, the child has been recovered and handed over to the parent.
“Further development shall be communicated as investigation is ongoing”, the PPRO said in the statement.