Many call her a miracle baby. If not true, what else can be used to describe seven-month-old Chinwendu Ekiri, who was abducted from her parents’ home in Rivers State by a neighhour and found after 114 days later.
How did it happen?
Chinwendu’s parents, Emeka and Rejoice Ekiri, alleged that their daughter was abducted by Innocent Ndubuisi, their neighbour. According to them, after abducting the girl, Ndubuisi vanished into thin air, plunging mother and father into unimaginable agony.
Ndubuisi, a father of three, was alleged to have stolen Chinwendu on December 28, 2017, just weeks after moving into the compound. Emeka said that he and his wife were short of words on how to express their feelings on the rescue of Chinwendu.
Emeka said that only God knew what Chinwendu had gone through in the hands of those, who abducted and repeatedly sold her four months ago. Emeka said: “My daughter was sold and resold for different prices ranging from, N450,000, N600,000 and N850,000.
According to New Telegraph, the case of my missing daughter was reported to the Department of State Service (DSS) after several efforts of the Nigeria Police to find her, failed.” Emeka further said: “According to the DSS operatives, Ndubuisi, who stole her, contacted one Shadrach.
“This Shadrach got in touch with a woman in Onuimo, Imo State. She paid Ndubuisi N450,000. While sealing the deal with Shadrach and the woman, Ndubuisi equally threw in his handset. It was through that handset that DSS operatives were able to arrest Shadrach. Shadrach took the operatives to the woman, who then took them to Aba, where she had already sold Chinwendu to another woman called Esther for N600,000.”
Emeka said that when Esther was arrested at Elele, in Port Harcourt, she too had also sold Chinwendu to another woman in Ogoja, Cross Rivers State for N850,000. Emeka enthused: “The most important thing is that my daughter is back and unharmed.
“I’m grateful to God and the DSS operatives, who worked hard in finding and rescuing my daughter. We first reported the matter to the police, but they were busy extorting us, without putting efforts in finding Chinwendu. It was operatives of DSS that directed us to the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP). The operatives told us that it was an issue of human trafficking. Ndubuisi is still on the run. I know that God will bring him to justice”