The 40-year old woman arrested recently over alleged abduction of children (two boys and a girl) and ritual killing at the Federal Housing Estate 3-3 Nkwelle Ezunaka, near Onitsha, Anambra state, on Thursday denied torturing the kids.
The suspect, Rejoice Raymond, said she adopted the kids from one Sabina Izuora, a staff of the Social Welfare Department of the State Ministry of Women and Children Affairs at the rate of N3,050,000
The Police had on February 19, 2021 arrested the suspect and her aged mother at No.13 Akunwanta Mbamalu Street for allegedly confining the kids inside different rooms, and subjecting them to physical and emotional torture without food and leaving them unconscious and at the point of death.
The Police who also rescued and rushed the kids to the hospital for medical attention, had recovered some fetish substances, blood stained canes, concoctions and other incriminating items at the scene of the incident.
But while being paraded at the Police Command in Amawbia, Awka South Local Government Area of the state, the suspect suddenly went violent in course of interrogations and verbally attacked both the journalists and some police officers.
“You’re very stupid for asking me questions about how I make my money! I think I’m here with respect to the children, not for my business to be investigated.
“You may wish to know that I supply clothes to Area Command, CPS at Okpoko, NEPA office, Magistrate and high courts since 90s. I travel to Cotonu to bring goods for over 20years.
“Later, I joined okada business before joining keke business which I’m currently into. Besides, I’m also a pastor. What is N3m to me?” she replied a reporter who asked how she got the money she adopted the kids with.
The suspect said she adopted the children with the necessary documents from the State Ministry of Women and Children Affairs, adding that she had since been treating them as her biological children.
She further denied knowledge of the bruises on the body of the children until a day before her arrest.
She insisted the Police should investigate the Ministry of Women and Children Affairs and not her.
She added, “You journalists and the Police should rather investigate the Ministry of Women and Children Affairs and find out what is happening there and not me.
“Let us meet in court. I adopted the children legally with the necessary documents. So I am not afraid of the allegation.
According to the suspect, she got fed up with the kids after she caught the boys abusing the girl.
She added, “The two boys are fornicating the girl. The girl is holding their penis, saying it’s sweet. I’m not the one that beat them.
“Two days I observed it, I called Sabina to complain to her of what the children are doing, but she said she’s not producing children. I called her more than three times before I finally went to her office.”
“The mortar and pestle found in my house are what I use to pound yam. The mirror is for my dressing. Don’t you see I’m still a young woman.”
Reacting, the Commissioner for Women and Children Affairs, Lady Mrs Ndidi Mezue said the Sabina, now at large was not a staff of the ministry, adding that all documents presented by the suspects were forged.
She said, “I can assure you that ever since we assumed office till date, we have a clean slate on issues relating to child abduction.
“The first thing I did on assumption of office was to reshuffle officers in the child department because of what we’re witnessing today.
“I personally paid a visit to a total of 47 facilities were children are being taking care of. I closed down 3 due to the same issue of child trafficking.
“The suspect on the run is not a staff of my ministry. She is a staff of the local government social welfare department at Awka South Local government before being transferred to Ihiala.
“Let me state categorically that Sabina Izuora is not and can never be a staff of the ministry under my watch.”
Appreciating efforts of the Police in ensuring that justice was done to the matter, the Commissioner assured that, “the Ministry will not relent in taking care of the kids while the investigation continued.”