Officers of the Ogun State Police Command have revealed an interesting story of a seven-year-old boy, Joshua Joseph, who was declared missing two years ago but has now been found with his fake adopted mother, Blessing Ozor, in Anambra State.
According to reports, the adopted mother allegedly paid the sum of N1.05m for Joseph’s adoption. The money was paid to a level 13 civil servant in the Anambra State Ministry of Women Affairs, identified as Ifeoma Joy.
The Ogun State Commissioner of Police, Bashir Makama, narrated the story to newsmen at the state police headquarters, Abeokuta, on Sunday. Bashir also handed the boy, Joshua, who had already been renamed Chisom by his adoptive mother, to his father in Ogun State.
The police paraded Ozor and Joy at the station, stating that they are connected to a child trafficking scheme.
According to investigations, two other members of the syndicate, Rita and Angela, who were being held in prisons in Edo and Ondo States respectively, helped the police in the case with vital information from their prison cells that led to the recovery of the boy and the arrest of Ozor and Joy in Anambra State.
The Ogun State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Abimbola Oyeyemi, accused Joy of collecting over N1 million to process forged adoption documents from the Ministry of Women Affairs. Pending further investigation, they would both be in police custody
Joshua was declared missing by his parents, who live in Ijebu Ode, Ogun State, in 2017 but he was found by men of the Anambra State Police after a joint thorough search and investigations by operatives of the Ogun State and Anambra Police Command over the last two years.