The police at the weekend rescued an 11-year-old orphan who was allegely kidnapped from his home town, Umuduruimo Umuohii, Atta West in the Ikeduru local government area of Imo State.
Christian Voice learnt that the boy, Precious Godspower Onyenakazi, was dumped at Emmanuel College bus stop in Owerri metropolis by the suspected kidnapper, now at large, apparently on sighting men of the Imo State Police Command on stop-and-search duty at the Emmanuel College axis along Owerri-Aba road.
The eagle-eyed security operatives from Owerri Divisional Police Station, near Fire Service Station in Owerri, spotted the boy helpless and stranded and accousted him.
According to police sources, the lad could not give account of his movement and told the police that a labourer who was working on his uncle’s house at Atta had brought him to the place on a motorcycle and abandoned him for hours.
He was then taken to the Divisional Police Headquarters for safe custody.
Meanwhile, a suspected accomplice to the crime who allegedly provided the motorcycle is being held by the police.
Sources said that the arrested person walked into the police station to report that his motorcycle had been stolen by a stranger who tricked him into releasing the vehicle after a failed business relationship.
Detectives believe that he could not have been so stupid as to release his motorcycle to a stranger for an errand.
The police also detained the boy’s uncle who brought the labourer now on the run.
Speaking to Christian Voice, the mother of the rescued boy, 46-year-old widow, Mrs Happiness Onyenakazi, said that the alleged abductor of her son was a labourer hired on a day pay by a building contractor who was brought by her late husband’s elder brother, to carry out renovation work on his old building.
Mrs Happiness Onyenakazi said that after close of work penultimate Friday, the building contractor left with the labourer whom, he said, he picked at Owerri.
Unsuspecting Mrs Onyenakazi, said that the labourer made a surprise come back last Sunday, saying that he had come to complete a particular work, during which he called his son who was playing with his mates to escort him to buy bread and vamoosed with the lad.
According to the widow, when her son could not be seen throughout the whole Sunday, official reports were lodged with both the Ikeduru Division of the police and the Shell Camp Criminal Investigation Department (CID) from where they were told to come to the Divisional headquarters, Owerri for identification of the child.
At the Owerri Divisional Police Headquarters, the Divisional Police Officer (DPO), Police Superintendent M. Udeh told this reporter that the matter is being investigated and directed further inquiry to the Police Public Relation Officer (PPRO) at the command headquarters.
When contacted, the PPRO Mr. Andrew Enwerem (DSP) said that he is yet to be briefed.
As at the time of filing this report both the rescued child and his uncle were still under police custody.
Police sources attributed the rescue to the new strategy adopted by the Imo State Police Command, dubbed “Visibility Policing”, aimed at flushing out criminals from the state.