Man abducts his friend’s 5-year-old son to sell in Abuja.

A 42-year-old farmer accused of child trafficking was paraded on Wednesday by the Benue state Police Command.


The suspect, identified as Unogwu Agbese, was arrested after he abducted his friend’s five-year-old son, to sell off in Abuja.


Parading the suspect in Makurdi, the Command’s Public Relations Officer, Assistant Superintendent Moses Yamu said: “The father of the abducted five-year-old, Emmanuel Edeh at Apa-Agila reported the case to the police.


“He had reported that his son was, last week, abducted by his friend from the village and taken to Abuja without his parents’ consent.


“However, he ran out of luck and was arrested and the child recovered from him unhurt.”


After much interrogation, Unogwu confessed that he abducted his friend’s son to sell but returned the boy to his parents after he could not find a buyer.


He said: “The boy is my friend’s son. I actually took him to Abuja to sell him, but I couldn’t find any buyer or anyone that could connect me to a buyer. So I brought him back to the village and his parents arrested me.”


Also, a 41-year-old man, Raphael Igye, who claimed to be a pastor, was arrested for alleged human trafficking.

Man Abducts Teenage Girl, Turns Her To Sex Slave In Lagos

A 55-year-old man, Yekini Ogunjobi, who allegedly abducted a teenage girl for several days and assaulted her sexually, was on Wednesday in Lagos released on a N100, 000 bail.

Police have pressed abduction and sexual assault charges at an Ikeja Chief Magistrates’ Court against the security man, who lives at 12, Esuola St., Oko-Oba, Agege, a suburb of Lagos.Prosecutor Rafael Donny told the court that the offences were committed between July 25 and July 28 at the residence of the accused.

Donny said the accused lured the 14-year-old girl, who was sent on an errand, into his house and shut the door before assaulting her sexually.

“The accused abducted the girl for four days and assaulted her sexually. “It was one of her relations who sighted her in front of the accused’s house that reported to the police,”

Sgt. Donny said. According to the prosecutor, the offences contravene Sections 141(a) and 259 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State 2011. The accused, who entered a `not-guilty’ plea, risks 18 years or life imprisonment on conviction.

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Mother Reunites With Son Abducted 21 Years Ago

A California mother, Maria Mancia, whose son was abducted in 1995 reunited with him on Thursday after 21 years.
The last time Mancia saw her son was when he was just 18 months old and only had a single photo of him.
Her son, Steve Hernandez, who is now 22 years old, was found living in Puebla, Mexico, by investigators in the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Child Abduction Unit and on Thursday morning was brought to the U.S. to meet his mother for an emotional reunion.

“Now this anguish I’ve carried is gone now that I have my son back,” Mancia said. “I spent 21 years looking for him not knowing anything.”

The SBC District Attorney’s Child Abduction Unit had been looking for Hernandez through the years, searching for him in several states until investigators received a strong tip in February that he was in Mexico.

According to authorities, his father, Valentin Hernandez, is said to be missing and believed to be dead.
Investigator Karen Cragg, who led the search, said they had to approach Steve Hernandez delicately.

“We used a ruse to contact him. We told him we were investigating his father and we needed his DNA to help locate his father,” Cragg told The Associated Press on Thursday. “We didn’t want to scare him off. We weren’t sure what the circumstances were down there. We had to tread very carefully.”

According to police reports, Mancia and Valentin Hernandez had been living with their son Steve Hernandez in Rancho Cucamonga, California, in 1995 but were having relationship problems. Mancia said she came home from work one day to find both the elder Hernandez and their son missing and all of their photos of the boy, including an ultrasound gone as well.

She immediately reported the boy missing and the investigation had been active ever since, first with the Sheriff’s Department, then with DA’s investigators.

Once investigators located Steve in Mexico, DNA sample was obtained in February to acertain that he was truly Mancia’s son.
Once they got a positive match, Cragg drove straight to Mancia’s house to give her the good news.

“She began to cry. She said she couldn’t believe he was still alive.”

Because Steve Hernandez is a U.S. citizen, there were no immigration troubles returning him to the U.S., Cragg said. He had no personal documents at all, but his mother had his birth certificate and more.
The boy’s father had told him that his mother abandoned the two of them.

Steve Hernandez  said:

“I lived all these years without my mother, then to find out she’s alive in another country, it’s emotional.”

He said he plans to stay in the U.S. and hopes to attend law school, which he already started in Mexico. He hugged his crying mother and wiped tears from her eyes.

Source: AP

Boko Haram Abducts Travellers, Kills 4 In Borno

At least six civilians have been reportedly abducted by the Boko Haram insurgents in an ambush attack that left four others dead and three injured, officials of the civilian-JTF, have said.

Boko Haram terrorists had yesterday, laid ambush on travellers on a quiet highway at the outskirts of Nwajurko village in Damboa local government area of Borno State .

Witnesses said the sect opened fire on commercial vehicles conveying travellers who unknowingly drove into their ambush.

‘’According to one of the victims who escaped, the Boko Haram terrorists initially ambushed a Volkswagen Golf passenger car conveying five persons travelling from Damboa to Biu town, a travel distance of about 100kilometer. One person was shot dead and three persons escaped with bullet injuries, while two who were unable to escape were taken away by the insurgents,”said Malam Ali Biu.

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