The Kano Police Command says it has traced and rescued nine children kidnapped in Kano and trafficked to Onitsha in Anambra State for child slavery.
Reports say that the rescue followed a public outcry by some parents about a rise in cases of missing children in the metropolis.
Speaking to newsmen on Friday, the state commissioner of police Ahmed Ilyasu said the command’s Tactical Teams of Operation Puff Adder were detailed for a discreet investigation, deploying community policing tools in rescuing the minors.
“A syndicate perpetuating this heinous act was busted and Eight (8) suspects that specialized in kidnapping, concealment and keeping in confinement kidnapped persons, buying and selling of minors and trafficking in persons were tracked and arrested.
“Nine (9) kidnapped victims were rescued at Onitsha in Anambra State. All suspects confessed to their offences.”
A source familiar with the situation told newsmen that the children were first shaved, renamed, converted to Christianity and then sold off either for adoption or “child slavery”.
A document sighted byour source reveals the original names and new names of the children. For instance, 10-year-old Umar Faruq Ibrahim and nine-year-old Aisha Mohammed Abdullahi – kidnapped some four year ago – were renamed Onyedika Ogbodo and Ozioma Ogbodo respectively.