Nigerian SARS
Nigerian SARS

men of the Lagos State Police Command have arrested a man, Happiness Chukwunonso, and his wife, Blessing, for alleged involvement in child trafficking.

The state Police Public Relations Officer, Bala Elkana, said in a statement on Sunday that Blessing had wanted to board a bus to Onitsha with two children when detectives, led by the Divisional Police Officer, Ojo Division, Abdullah Malah, accosted her at a motor park at the Alaba International Market.

He stated that during interrogation, Blessing claimed that her husband adopted the two children from a motherless babies’ home in Jos, Plateau State, adding that she was taking them to Happiness in Onitsha, Anambra State.

Happiness reportedly confessed to having bought the kids for N140,000, after he was arrested.

Elkana said, “On Thursday, October 31, 2019, around 8.30pm, acting on information from a credible source, detectives from the Ojo Division, led by the DPO, Abdullah Malah, arrested one Blessing Chukwunonso, 30. She was seen around the Alaba International Market with two children, Joshua James, 6, and Samuel Gbawune, 3, trying to board a vehicle to Onitsha, Anambra State.

“Upon questioning, she claimed that the boys were adopted by her husband, Happiness Chukwunoso, 40, from a motherless babies’ home in Jos, Plateau State, and brought to Lagos State. She said she was taking them to Onitsha to meet her husband.

“On Friday, November 1, 2019, around 7am, the said husband was also arrested. He confessed to having bought the kids for the sum of N140,000, from one Mama Oyoo of Jos township.

“The kids were recovered. Efforts are in place to identify their parents and reunite them. The command calls on motor park operators, unions and well-meaning Nigerians to keep an eye on passengers with kids, who appear in a suspicious manner.”

In another development, two suspects, Ikechukwu Victor and Emeka Ewuzien, have been arrested by men of the command for allegedly parading themselves as operatives of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad in the Gbagada area of the state.

Elkana said when operatives, led by the DPO, Ifako Division, Lasisi Iyunade, accosted the suspects, who wore black T-Shirts with the inscription, SARS, they claimed that they were on their way to make an arrest at the Bakare Daudu Market in the area.

During interrogation, the PPRO said two fake Police Community Relations Committee identity cards bearing their names were recovered, adding that the suspects had been charged and remanded in a correctional facility.

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Elkana stated, “On Tuesday, October 29, 2019, around 10am, operatives from the Ifako Division, led by the DPO, CSP Lasisi Iyunade, accosted two men dressed in black T-shirts with the inscription, SARS, boldly written on their T-shirts along Julius Kadri Street, Ifako, Gbagada. They claimed to be SARS operatives and were on their way to make an arrest at the Bakare Daudu Market. On further questioning, they claimed to be members of the Police Community Relations Committee in Victoria Island, Lagos.

“The suspects are Ikechukwu Victor, 45, and Emeka Ewuzien, 45. Two fake PCRC ID cards bearing their names were recovered from them. The suspects were charged and remanded in the Kirikiri Correctional Home.”

Also, men of the Operation Crush unit of the command and the patrol team from the Bariga Division have arrested a suspected cultist, one Adegboro Odunwole, and an alleged phone snatcher, Adewole Oluwatomi, for terrorising and stealing in the Bariga area of the state.

Elkana said Odunwole had been on the watch list of the command due to a series of atrocities that he allegedly committed in the area, adding that he would be charged.

He stated that Oluwatomi allegedly used a knife to snatch an Itel phone from one Adeyemi Kayode inside the Ebute Market.

Elkana said, “On Tuesday, October 1, 2019, around 2pm, operatives of the Operation Crush from the Bariga Division, in an intelligence-led operation, arrested one Adegboro Odunwole, alias Gobe. He is a factional Aiye Confraternity leader on Akilo Street, Bariga. “The suspect had been on the watch list of the command. He is responsible for a series of violent attacks and killings in Bariga. The suspect will be charged.

“On Sunday, October 27, 2019, around 7.30pm, the patrol team from the Bariga Division, while on routine patrol around Ifelodun Street, Bariga, arrested one Adewole Oluwatomi, 21, who used a knife to snatch an Itel phone from one Adeyemi Kayode, 15, inside the Ebute Market. The police have recovered the stolen phone and the knife. The suspect has confessed to the crime and will be charged.”

Meanwhile, one Emmanuel Daniel has also been arrested for allegedly using weapons to snatch a bag from a woman in the Ipaja area of the state.

Elkana stated, “The Divisional Police Officer, CSP Tokunbo Abaniwonda, arrested one Emmanuel Daniel, 30. One locally-made pistol with live ammunition and expended ammunition were recovered from him.

“He was arrested while attempting to snatch a bag from a woman at the Boys’ Town in Ipaja. He confessed to the crime. The suspect will be charged.”

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