Missing child found with new parent who paid N1.05 million to adopt him

By AdvocateNews on 20/08/2019

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Joseph rescued and returned to original parent
Joseph rescued and returned to original parent

A seven-year-old boy, Joshua Joseph who was declared missing by his parents in Ijebu-Ode area of Ogun state in 2017, has been found with one Blessing Ozor who reportedly paid N1.05m for his adoption.

The adopted mother of the boy renamed Chisom, said she paid N1.05m to a level-13 civil servant in the Anambra State Ministry of Women Affairs identified as Ifeoma Joy.

Speaking at the state police headquarters where the boy was handed over to his parents, Ogun State Commissioner of Police Bashir Makama said the boy was found after officers from the command carried out a painstaking investigation.

The staff of Anambra State Ministry of Women Affairs accused of collecting over N1m from the boy’s adopted mother and forging adoption documents from the Anambra State Ministry of Women Affairs, was linked to a three-member syndicate which specialised in stealing and selling children.

Other members of the gang include Rita and Angela and it was learnt they are serving terms in prisons at Edo and Ondo states.

“Joy is working at the Ministry of Women Affairs in Anambra State. She used the opportunity to arrange buyers for stolen children.

“In the cause of looking for her, she got transferred to four local government councils within one month in order to evade arrest.

“Our findings showed that eight children had been stolen by this syndicate from Ogun State and four had been recovered.

“One of the stolen children was found when the people, who adopted him, saw the boy’s picture on the pages of newspapers and returned him” Ogun state police PRO Abimbola Oyeyemi said.

However Joy on her own part insisted that she did nothing wrong but only helped out a sister in fellowship.

She said, “I never did such a thing. I know the woman, who brought this boy, as a worker at the Peace Sisters’ Home."

Posted 20/08/2019 06:08:58 AM

 

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