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Child Kidnappers On Rampage Again In Imo, Abduct Babies From Parents At Gun Point



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The growing insecurity situation in Imo State seems to have taken a

dangerous turn in recent times with the sudden upsurge of child

kidnappings in different parts of the state.


Last week, Umuzike Autonomous Community in Orlu Local Government Area

of the State was thrown into another era of confusion as a

five-month-old baby girl was snatched from her mother at gun point in

front of their house by unknown gunmen.

This came few days after the mother of the former vice chancellor of

the Imo State University, Prof. Innocent Okonkwo, was kidnapped by

unknown gunmen.

The baby, identified as Chidiogo, is the daughter of Mr. Kingsley and

Mrs. Ugochi Igwegbe. The woman, 247ureports.com learnt, was returning

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from a neighbourhood where she went to buy kerosene around 7.00pm

before the three baby snatchers accosted her and took her baby away.


The mother of the baby was said to have shouted to attract the

attention of the neighbours and held on to her baby, but the gun men

shot her two times on the laps.


It would be recalled that penultimate week, similar incident took

place at Durukwu Umuebele in Okporo also in Orlu LGA, where a little

baby was snatched from its father, Mr. Ebere Chikodi,  who was equally

shot by the abductors before escaping with the baby.


While one of the victims’ mothers is still at the Imo State University

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Teaching Hospital, Orlu, receiving treatment, there has been no trace

of the stolen babies.


This situation has sent fears down the spines of nursing mothers who

do not know when and who would be the next victim.


The incidence of child abduction is not new in the state. It would be

recalled that late last year, precisely in December, Ikechukwu, a

pupil of St. Patrick’s International Primary School, Umuezeala–Owerre

in Ehime Mbano LGA of the state was kidnapped on his way to school. He

was later found in Port Hacourt.


Also, Chinedu, a three year-old pupil of the Daughters of Mary Mother

of Mercy(DMMM) was abducted at his school gate.

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