Akwa Ibom State Police command said it has rescued a 4year-old girl, Aisha Rayanu, who was abducted from the Methodist Township Primary school, located at No 34 Chubb road, Ikot Ekpene Local Government Area of the state.
The command also announced that it has arrested a fake female police Constable, one Miss Caroline Udeme with Police uniform and Identity card.
Little Aisha was abducted by one Favour Nwachukwu, 20, who reportedly stormed the school and abducted victim and took her to Akpabuyo, in Cross River State to her boyfriend, an ex-militant, as a replacement for her own daughter who was also allegedly stolen.
Parading the suspects at a media briefing on Tuesday, the Police Public Relations Officer, Odiko Macdon, described the incidents as unfortunate, adding that all the suspects would be charged to court as soon as investigation is completed.
He said little Aisha was kidnapped on January 18, 2022 and taken to a camp at Essighi, Akpabuyu Local Government Area of Cross River State, adding that until she was rescued on 17th of March, 2022 her name was changed to Mirabel by her abductors.
The police spokesman who said the suspect had confessed to the crime lauded operatives of the command for their intervention, which led to the rescue of the little girl.
According to him, “On 18th January, 2022 at about 5pm one Shuiabu Rayanu of N0 1 Sani Ogun road, Ikot Ekpene reported that on the same date, she took her children to Methodist Township Primary school, No 34 Chubb road, Ikot Ekpene and that at the close of school she went to pick them but could not find her 4years old daughter, Aisha Rayanu.
“On enquiry, she found that an unknown person has gone to school and took her away to an unknown destination. On receipt of the case, detectives of Anti Child Theft, SCIID, Uyo tactically and painstakingly traced and arrested one Favour Nwachukwu Prince of Ikot Effiom Estate, Akpabuyu Local Government Area of Cross River State.
“She confessed to the alleged crime that she went to the said school and abducted the girl and took her to her boy friend, an ex-militant in a camp located at Essighi, Akpabuyu Local Government Area in Cross River State in replacement for her own child that was stolen.
“Little Aisha whose name was changed to Mirabel had been with the said ex-militant till her rescue on March 17, 2022 by detectives from the Anti Child Theft section. Though she has since been reunited with the family, they are here with us at the headquarters”, Macdon said.
Macdon further disclosed that the fake female Constable had defrauded one Loveth Ifechineke and Joy Joseph of the sum of N500,000 at Itam market, in Itu Local Government Area of the state.
“On 15/3/2022, at about 1816hrs one Miss Caroline Udeme of Idoro road, Uyo 24-years old, was arrested in police Constable uniform along with a police identity card, suspect has defrauded one Loveth Ifechineke and Joy Joseph all of Itam market of cash and items worth over N500,000. All the suspects will have their day in court as soon as investigation is completed”, he said.