Two children, Mustapha aged two years and Walid Yusuf aged three, who were kidnapped in Bauchi, Gombe state on October 20, but found in Nkpor near Onitsha three days later, were yesterday re-united with their parents in Awka accompanied by officers of the Bauchi State Police Command.
DAILY INDEPENDENT gathered that the two children were kidnapped while playing outside their compound on that fateful day at about 5pm.
It was gathered that the children were nowhere to be found when they were looked for by their parent and they started looking for them.
However,on October 23, the children were found with one Blessing John who claimed that one of the children was her own while the other belonged to her late sister and that she needed someone to assist in his upkeep.
Blessing then contacted one Mrs. Fate Okpai an orange seller at Main Market, Onitsha.
Blessing claimed that she got to know Okpai before then as she has been coming to Onitsha for business.
However, Okpai wanting to give the business a legitimacy reached out to one Mrs. Ngozi Etisiobi, 52, who claimed to be a welfare officer.
At this state a police informant got to know about the “business” and leaked the information to the police.
A female police officer posing as a buyer got into the deal and bided N750,000 for one of the boys and the women were arrested.
The Police Public Relations Officer, Mohammed Haruna who conducted the parade of the women said that as soon as the business burst the state police command posted the story and photographs of the children on various Whatsapp fora.
However, fathers of the two children said they got the information on facebook.
Abdulazeez Sulaiman and Musa Yusuf, fathers of the children who came with their wives said they were contacted by people who told them they saw the children on facebook.
They had earlier reported the case of stolen children to Patani police station, Bauchi and when they got the information they went back to the police station who collaborated with them for onward movement to Anambra State.
Muhammed said that as proof that the children were indeed stolen, as soon as they saw their parents they ran out and embraced them and mothers and their children re-united.
Meanwhile, the police also paraded 115 suspects picked up at black spots in Onitsha in the last two days by a joint task force of soldiers, State Security Service officers, police force and Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps.
Of that number, 90 were pick-pockets, hand bag snatchers, Indian hemp smokers among others.
Twenty-five of them were illegal revenue collectors.