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Tension in Anambra Community over Release of Suspected Child Trafficker



By Praise Chinecherem

There is tension in Awka-Etiti in Idemili South Local Government Area of Anambra State following release of a kidnap suspect, identified as Nzube 

The suspect, popularly known as Zuma was arrested over alleged the kidnap/ trafficking of a 16-year old Amarachi Favour Okoyeigwe and her 15 months old son, Munachi by officials of the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) through the police. 

Zuma, an alleged notorious cultist was nabbed from Iruowele village, Awka-Eititi for alleged kidnap/trafficking of Amarachi and her son, Munachi who have been missing since May 8, 2022.

Amarachi’s father, Ogugua and her grandmother, Augustina Okoyeigwe who spoke to the press in deep tears said Zuma was fingered as the one who tricked Amarachi the young mother and her son away, after over two months of searching for them,  to no avail.

Chairman of Iruowele village, Awka-Etiti, Patrick Nwokeike and the Public Relations Officer, Malachy Udegbunam narrated that Zuma was tracked by the community vigilante who eventually arrested  and handed him over to the police at Nnobi Police Division where he (Zuma) confessed on tape and video recording,  that he trafficked Amarachi and her son Munachi  to Ghana and that they will be brought back within three days if he is freed from arrest.

The village leaders lamented that Zuma was later handed over to NAPTIP for prosecution and to help recover the missing people but to their greatest surprise, he has been released on bail while there are indications that he has fled the country.

Expressing worry over release of the suspect, the village leaders said the entire community is in fear presently because the suspect who earlier bragged that he would come back without qualms may turn back and attack those who fought for his arrest.

They also wondered what might have become the fate of the missing Amarachi and her son Munachi expressing fears that they might have been killed for ritual purposes since no one had ever heard their voice since their disappearance in May 2022.

They called on the Anambra State Commissioner of Police and Governor Soludo to come to their aid and ensure that their missing children are found alive.

They also want Zuma, the culprit arrested and punished according to the law while the security of the people of Iruowele village, Awka-Etiti and all those involved in the struggle for justice in the matter is secured.

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