It was a moment of jubilation in Benue as two children reunited with their mother after they were kidnapped days before.



The Benue State Police Command has rescued three children from their abductors in Rivers State.

Recall that two siblings, Philomena Kpaakpa, 6, and Benedict Kpaakpa, 2, were abducted from their mother’s kiosk in front of their house in Makurdi in September 2023 by an unknown woman.


Spokesperson of the command, SP Sewuese Anene, who confirmed the development in a statement Sunday afternoon, October 29, said the siblings have been reunited with their parents while the third child, Godsgift Julius’ family is yet to be identified.

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“You will recall that on September 24, 2023 at about 0730hrs, the family of Godwin Kpaakpa of Badagry street, Opposite St. Peters Church Wurukum, Makurdi reported that two of their children were missing; Philomena Kpaakpa 6yrs and Benedict Kpaakpa who is less than two years old,” the statement read.


“Investigation started immediately and a signal was sent across the country as usual.

On October 20, 2023, information was received from Rivers State Police Command that in the course of an Operation at, Rumu-Okoro area, they rescued three children from a medical doctor that seem to be the same children earlier reported by Benue Command.

A team of detectives were sent to River state for identification and other necessary actions.


“Fortunately, the two children were identified alongside with one other child; Godsgift Julius whose parents are yet to be identified.


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“Philomena and Benedict have been reunited with their family while Godsgift is yet to connected with his family. The medical doctor is being investigated at River State while efforts are being made to locate his counterparts in Benue.


“Parents, guardians, teachers and people who are involved in managing children are advised to watch over their children/wards more closely to forestall such cases of child trafficking.”

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