The Inspector General of Police Special Intelligence Response Team, IRT has arrested a 44-year-old Reverend Sister Chime Geraldine for allegedly trafficking two young boys who were kidnapped between January and April 2017.
The Reverend Sister, was attached to the Catholic Archdiocese of Abuja operated an orphanage home known as Oblek Foundation Orphanage Home, at Gwagalada Abuja. She was nabbed alongside her 35-years-old accomplice, Obie Okoro, an alleged member of a kidnap syndicate.
It is understood that the Police IRT, led by ACP Abba Kyari, got wind of the matter after an intelligence report claimed the syndicate specialized in kidnapping children from churches across the South Eastern Part of the country and would then sell them to the Reverend sister for N500,000, who would in turn resell them to people who were in need of children.
Subsequently, Okoro was trailed to Lagos by the IRT operatives, where she confessed under interrogation that she sold two young boys who were between the ages of 6 and 7 years to the Reverend Sister, and that the children were kidnapped from their churches in Norkwa and Nnewi area of Anambra State.
The Reverend Sister was then arrested at her Gwagalada home where one of the kidnapped young boys, Daberechi Ameke, was rescued.
She later led the IRT team to Monkey Village area of Lagos, where the other boy, Chinnonso Eze was rescued. Parents of the victims, James Eze and Veronica Ameke, said they were members of the Assemblies of God Church in Anambra State and their children were kidnapped by their pastor’s son.
“I took Daberechi to a vigil in my church, the Assembly of God Church, at Nnokwa in Idemili Local Government. I started looking for him around 8 pm before the commencement of the vigil but we didn’t see him,” said the father, who added that he took the matter to the police.
“Then, on September 29, 2017, the police in Awka arrested some people who specialized in kidnapping children and when they were interrogated they confessed and they identified the son of my pastor known as Nnana as their leader. He escaped after his gang members were apprehended while the police went after his father. Happily, I received a call from one of my church members that Deberechi had been found by the police in Abuja and I came to receive him from the police. My son told me that it was the pastor’s son who took him out from the church and handed him over to someone who he didn’t knowwho then brought him to Abuja.”
Meanwhile, Reverend Sister Geraldine denied knowing that the young boys who were bought to her were kidnapped, saying she was deceived that the boys were orphans, Vanguard reports.