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5-year-old girl regains freedom in Onitsha after being sold for N350k in Owerri and resold for N750k in Nnewi

The family of a teenage girl has been thrown into a great relief and wild excitement after their missing daughter, Miss Mmesoma Ibe, was found.

According to Vanguard, Mmesoma was kidnapped on Saturday morning while she was playing outside their family house in Okija area of Anambra State, and taken to Owerri in Imo State, where she was sold for N350,000.

The 5-year-old nursery 3 student of St. Peter’s Primary School, Okija, was subsequently sold by her buyer to another people the same day in Nnewi, Anambra State at the sum of N750,000.

Speaking to newsmen over what his family went through for the two day the victim miraculously disappeared, Mmesoma’s father, Mr Paulinus Ibe said:

“We searched for her for the whole day and decided to report to the police. I was very confused and did not know where else to go to. The following day, I heard shouts within the vicinity that Mmesoma had been found.

“The good thing was that the five-year-old was able to name her school and her town, which assisted the police in bringing her back to Okija.

Mr Paulinus said that his daughter was rescued following the suspicious movement of her abductors who disguised her with a face cap.

“The four women encircled her and was taken her to unknown destination after they disguised her face with a face cap.

“Their suspicious movement attracted the attention of people around who confronted them and took them to the police where they confessed to belonging to a syndicate that abducts and sell children.”

He however expressed displeasure with the way the matter is being handled, saying that “the four women were coming to court, but to our surprise, one of them believed to be their leader jumped bail.”

The victim’s father further disclosed that the prosecution counsel had deleted her name from the charge sheet, expressing fear that the remaining three might also be freed like their leader.

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