The Abia State Police Command has handed over a stolen boy back to the parents after an alleged disappearance with a woman in Imo State, southeast Nigeria.
The Abia State Police Commissioner, Adeleye Oyebade, said that the boy, Joseph Okafor, who hails from Eluma Lokpaukwu Umuchieze in Umunneochi Local Government Area of Abia State, was stolen from his father’s compound on May 27, 2015.
He was found in 2016 at Okigwe in Imo State, in the custody of a foster mother who claimed the late husband adopted him.
Handing over Joseph to his parents, Mr Oyebade vowed to ensure child stealing and kidnapping among other crimes were eradicated from the state.
He also warned those involved in the act of stealing children to desist, saying that the police would ensure that their activities were exposed.
The Police Commissioner further urged the public to make inquiry of the type of adoption services they patronise, stating that anyone found wanting would face the full wrath of the law.
This is coming few days after the Nigeria Immigration Service arrested a Cameroonian couple for alleged child trafficking in Cross River State.
Abia State Governor elect, Mr Okezie Ikpeazu has thanked residents of Abia State for their support and promised to run an all inclusive government where every citizen would be carry along in the policy making.
Mr Ikpeazu disclosed that there would not be any discrimination in governance and therefore called on all the politicians in the state to join hands together in building Abia State and ensure that their agenda and vision are cued to service of the people and the country at large.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had declared Mr Ikpeazu, who contested on the platform of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), winner of the Abia State governorship election.
Mr Ikpeazu polled 264,713 to defeat the candidate of the All Progressive Grand Alliance, Alex Otti, who polled 180,882 votes.
The result was declared in the early hours of Sunday after the supplementary election of Saturday.
Election was held in all the areas earlier listed by INEC for the re-run election except in Umunneochi Local Government Area.
INEC had erroneously scheduled election there, which was not supposed to take place in the first instance because the Form, EC40G, was not filled which indicated that there was no problem in the area.
Abia State is one of the state where supplementary governorship election was held on Saturday after election of April 11 was declared inconclusive by INEC.
Other States are Imo and Taraba State.