Security agents at Millennium Merchant Line, Sokoto Road Market, Onitsha yesterday arrested a middle-aged man, Mr. Ambrose Amaechi for allegedly abducting a twelve year old girl from Enugu to Onitsha, Anambra State.
According to the suspect, who said he resides at Onitsha Military Cantonment and working under a man popularly known as God Father, he was at the market to buy a new skirt so that the girl would change to new attire as it was suspicious for her to remain in her school uniform.
Suspicion arose when the suspect took the girl who was identified as Miss Charity Okoh to purchase a new skirt for her, and the teenager undressed at the centre of the market exposing her private part.
The girl’s strange behavior, the traders thought may have been induced by drugs and not wanting to leave anything to chances the traders, however, alerted the chairman of the market, Chief Valentine Ezechukwu and his Secretary, Mr. Ikenna Igboamaeze who now arrived the scene.
But before their arrival the suspect and the victim had been taken away by market security operatives.
The security agents told reporters that the girl confessed that she was in her school uniform going to school in Enugu yesterday morning when the suspect called her and hung a necklace round her neck and she immediately became unconscious.
While she could no longer realize herself according to the victim they both boarded a vehicle to Onitsha. She stated that she regained consciousness only when she removed the necklace hung around her neck while attempting to change to a new skirt bought for her by the suspect.
The incident which drew the attention of the entire market and the adjoining Onitsha Main Market Traders, however, disrupted business activities for about one hour before the Chairman, Chief Valentine Ezechukwu, the Secretary, Mr. Igboamaeze and other members of the executives ordered the traders to commence with their businesses.
However, the suspect, Amaechi and the victim, Miss Charity Okoh have been handed over to the Department of Security Service (DSS) for further investigations.