The Delta State Police Command has recovered a seven-month-old boy, three days after the child was stolen from his parents.
The missing child was found at Agbor in Ika South Local Government Area of the state.
The state’s police spokesperson, Charles Muka, said the police had arrested five suspects in connection with the incident.
Muka said the child was snatched from his mother, Linda Madaka, on July 1, during a burial ceremony at about 11 p.m. at Umunede in Ika North East LGA.
He said that the suspects, including 52-year-old Chuks Elue and his wife, and one Patience Chukwuemeka, 40, confessed their involvement in the crime.
“Detectives, based on information, trailed the suspects to No. 69 Olo Street, Umunede, where one Colins Osekihe, 24, was arrested and he implicated one Chuks Elue, a father of 14,” he said.
“The two suspects led the detectives to Agbor where the child was recovered in good health from one Patience Chukwuemeka, a mother of seven children, on Tuesday. Also arrested in connection with the case include Chuks Okwudili, male, 18, and Uche Anyasi, male, 16.”
Muka said the suspects confessed that they had bargained to sell the child to Patience Chukwuemeka for N250, 000.
He said that efforts were on to arrest other fleeing suspects, adding that the suspects would soon face the full wrath of the law.
Muka, however, warned parents and guardians to diligently secure their children and wards from syndicates, stealing children.