The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Abia State command, has rescued three children (two female and one male of ages between 10 and 11 years), from the hands of kidnappers and ritualist in the state.



According to the command, it followed a tip-off and rescued the victims around Aba and Obingwa axis of the state, pointing out that the criminal elements came into the state through neighbouring states of Rivers, Akwa-Ibom and Cross River with their collaborators in Abia State, disguising as scavengers.

The state commandant, Walter Akubiro Chika, who spoke through the Corps’ Public Relations Officer, Uchenwa Oliver, said it was gathered that the criminals usually stationed themselves as scavengers at various refuse dump sites at Aba and Obi-Ngwa areas of the state and mesmerised teenagers coming to dump refuse in the areas, tie them with iron binders in an uncompleted building within the areas in anticipation of ransoms and their would-be buyers.

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The state commandant, in view of the ugly trend in the state and warned the general public, particularly parents, to be wary of the activities of these criminal elements as they send their children and wards on errands.

In a similar vein, the command has urged parents and guardians to show commitment to the upkeep of their children and wards.

The state commandant, who made the disclosure while parading an abandoned baby girl before newsmen in Umuahia, enjoined officers of social welfare department, Umuahia South Local Government Area of the state and traditional ruler of Avodim community, where the baby was picked up to ensure that proper legal processes for handover of the baby was done to ensure her safety.