COUPLE IN POLICE NET OVER CHILD KIDNAP

A young couple from Ime-Obi in Ika South Local Government Area of Delta State are currently cooling their heels at Owa-Oyibu Police station for allegedly abducting their own children and later accused a neighbour of the act.

Ika Weekly reliably gathered that trouble started for the husband and wife after they reported to the police that two of their children were kidnapped at gunpoint by a former neighbour, Mrs. Laureta Iduwe, a business woman, claiming to have had misunderstanding with the accused before relocating to another compound along power line in Boji Boji, Owa. But, it was later discovered that the couple relocated their supposedly abducted children to a relation?s house in Omumu in Ika South and gave the police a misleading information that led to the arrest of the suspect, on Mrs. Lauretta Iduwe.

However, the cat was let out of the bag when the Okada rider who took the man and his two children to hide-out exposed the secret which led to the couple?s arrest.

Ika Weekly learnt that the Okada rider had charged the man in question N800 to convey him and the children to Omumu, and was later not settled. Hence, the commercial cyclist revealed the information to the mother of the falsely accused Mrs. Iduwe who pleaded to gratify him if he could take the police to where the children were hidden by their parents. It was when the police got to Omumu and found the two children who were claimed to have been kidnapped playing around in the compound of their paternal uncle?s house that it dawned on them that the couple have given them a misleading information. The couple were consequently arrested for prosecution.

Sources close to the couple said that the act of hiding their children in their relation?s house and thereafter-accusing people of kidnapping them is common with the couple.

Meanwhile, when contacted, the accused, Mrs. Lauretta Iduwe expressing gratitude to God for delivering her from the stigma of human trafficking, said she had previously quarreled with the couple which was amicably resolved before they relocated to another house but was dumfounded that the couple could plan such evil against her. She said she was at Asaba when the mother phoned her that the police were after her for child kidnap, instructing her to come quickly. According to her, before she could report herself to the station, the police had already questioned her mother.

When contacted, the Divisional Police Officer DPO incharge of Owa-Oyibu Division, Mr. Stephen Musa confirmed the report, admitting that the couple who are presently in the station are pleading for leniency as no member of their family have identified with them since they were remanded in the station. He said the couple would soon be charged to court.

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