Police arrests fake Doctor over alleged human trafficking

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The police in Rivers State have reportedly arrested a self-acclaimed doctor identified as Enyinnaya Iheukwumere alongside two of his accomplices over alleged human trafficking of four children.

It was gathered that the victims include a child of one year, seven months, all of whom had been sold to buyers as at the time the suspects were apprehended.

Parading the suspects at the Police headquarters in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital, CP Nwonyi explained that the suspects were arrested after a woman reported to the police that a man stole her son at her residence in Rumuokoro, outskirts of Port Harcourt.

The CP said her report prompted a discreet investigation and eventual rescue of the children by the Police adding that three of the children allegedly trafficked by the doctor also called Dr Hagi were from Benue State.

CP Nwonyi said, “Following a case of abduction reported on 09/09/2023 at about 1650hrs by One Ijeoma James ‘f’, 35, in Awalama Rumuokoro, Port Harcourt, on 16/08/2023, one Promise ‘m’ came into their compound and stole her four-year-old son, Prosper James, and all efforts to locate her child proved abortive.  

“Police detectives from Special Area Division undercover swung into action by means of intelligence-led policing, one Ifesinachi Opara ‘m’ was arrested, which also led to the arrest of one Happiness, Enyinnaya Iheukwumere, A.K.A. Dr. Hagi, to whom he sold the child.  

“Further investigation also led to the recovery of three more children trafficked by Dr. Hagi from different locations of the country: three from Benue State.”  

He gave the name of the rescued children as Benedict Kpaaka, a year and seven month old, Godgift Julius, four-years-old, and one Philomina, a six-years-old female.

Nwonyi added, “They were all rescued from different locations in Port Harcourt where they had been sold. Further investigation revealed that one Angel Shimeson ‘f’, 25 years old, from Makurdi still (at large), is the supplier of the children to Dr. Hagi. Effort is being intensified to arrest the culprit.”

In NIgeria like many parts of the world, human trafficking is usually expected to experience a surge during the ember months and other festive seasons – a trend that authorities frown at and have said efforts are always in place to curb the menace.

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