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Edo Police arrests nanny after rescuing two abducted siblings

By News Desk

The Nigerian Police has rescued two siblings in Edo State after they were abducted from their parents’ apartment in Lagos State by the nanny simply identified as Precious.

As gathered, the two siblings, a four-year-old boy, and a two-year-old girl, were abducted by Precious who brought the children to Benin City to a couple based abroad, 35-year-old, Biva Idaho, and the husband, Joseph Obaze, 45, but were on a visit to Nigeria, 

Aside that the children were rescued by the Operatives of the Anti-Kidnapping and Cybercrime Unit, the law enforcement officers have meanwhile arrested and detained Precious, Idaho, and her husband for alleged child trafficking.

Idaho, during interrogation, claimed that she met Precious through a social media platform and that she became friends with her, saying during the course of friendship she narrated her ordeal.

According to her, they had been video chatting and talking with her and the two children over the past two years, saying all through the time, she never informed them that the of children true identity.

Before now, Idaho stressed that Precious had been claiming that she is mother of the children which made them to accept her offer and her husband had no hand in the crime.

The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) for Edo Command, Bello Kontongs, who disclosed this to newsmen on Saturday, stated that the nanny left Lagos last Monday with the children and that they were picked by the law enforcement agency yesterday.

He said: “The principal suspect is believed to be the nanny – or what we normally call house help – of the children of Ibe whom she has been staying with his family and taking care of the children.

“Using her familiarity with the children, she decided to allow the devil to take the better part of her by abducting these two children … of the same father and ran down to Benin City to meet one lady – Biva Idaho, 35, who is also suspected to be the receiver and her husband, Joseph Obaze, 45, at a remote area along Ekenwan Road.”

Rather than supporting the effort of the police, Kontongs, decried that a group of armed men attacked the security operatives in the course of the rescue operation.

He added that the armed men whom he said belonged to some unknown vigilante group took two other children the police had rescued from the premises along with them.

“The children were rescued alongside two other children in the compound that we cannot establish who the parents are. Mr Joseph decided to raise an alarm that our operatives are kidnappers and those unknown vigilante officials who were fully armed with pump-action surrounded our policemen and forcefully took over the other two children that we met in the compound and also used machetes on our police operatives,” the command’s spokesman said.

He stated that the police would not relax and allow miscreants to take over the public space and stop security operatives from carrying out their legal duty.

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