Geoffrey Anyanwu, Awka
A 42-year-old woman and her 17-year-old daughter have been arrested by the police in Anambra State for allegedly stealing a four-year-old girl.
The woman whose name was given as Ngozi Ede, was said to have arranged with her daughter, Kosiso, and sold the baby for N250, 000.
Confirming the incident, the State Police Public Relations Officer, Haruna Mohammed, said it happened in Awada, Obosi, in Idemili North Local Government Area of the state.
He said: “Police detectives attached to 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 stolen one Mesoma Ikoko aged four years from the custody of her mother, one Nneka Ikoko of 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 suspects and handed over her to one Ifeoma Okonkwo of Eke Nkpor.”
Mohammed said the police had recovered the baby and handed her over to her mother in good condition.
He said: “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 an exhibit.”
He said the suspects would be charged to court at the completion of the investigation.