An alleged human trafficker who gave her name as Marian, an indigene of Esan in Edo State is currently cooling off her heels at Agbor Police Divisional Headquarters, alongside three others after a failed attempt to abduct a 4-year old Merit Ogor, an indigene of Owa-Alero in Ika North East LGA of Delta State, on Monday, March 17, 2020.
Merit Ogor was said to have been abducted from school by Marian, a neighbour and a very close friend of Merit’s mother.CULTURAL CONTACT AND EDUCATION OF THE IKA CHILD
According to the child’s mother, Mrs. Gloria Obiazi, “I was at home on Monday, March 17, 2020 when a teacher from my daughter’s school came to inform me that my daughter, Merit is missing. After the information, I had to put a call across to my husband, Mr. Samuel Obiazi, who advised I should go to the school, which I did.
“On getting to the school and hearing from the teachers, I decided to call my friend, Marian to tell her that my daughter was missing, because she was my neighbour and my best friend. I also told my child’s school mates.
“Marian even came to meet me in the school, shedding tears and giving me suggestions on how to go about the search for my missing daughter; unknown to me that she was the one with my missing daughter.
“The story changed when her daughter, Hannah who is in the same class with my daughter, Merit came out from the classroom and I asked her of her friend, Merit’s whereabouts. There and then, Hannah told me that her mother who was with me came to take Merit away, saying that her mother gave her N20 and told her to go back to the school, and that she was taking Merit to a nearby Provision Store to buy her something.
“It was upon this revelation that we got to know of my daughter’s where about and she confessed before the Police and everyone present that she came to kidnap Merit and has sold her for the sum of N300,000 and N50,000 advance had been given to her with a promise to get the balance when the deal is done.”
Continuing, Mrs. Obiazi revealed that Merit was recovered in Benin, where Marian and her cohorts had taken her to, saying that one of the suspects who gave his name as Funke had also confessed to the Nigerian Police that he was married with seven children but had sold five out of the seven children for money.