‘How my four-year-old daughter was abducted from school, sold for N2m’

On a shiny morning on November 13 final 12 months, Mercy, a four-year-old lady, joined her elder siblings as all of them headed to their main school in Awka, Anambra State.

Their mom, Comfort Nwadukwu, had bid them farewell as regular, anticipating them to return residence within the night like they all the time did. Unknown to her, destiny had a distinct recreation plan however she was oblivious of the difficulty that hung within the air.

The actuality dawned on her late within the afternoon when everybody else returned from school however there was no sight of Mercy. Unknown to them, a person whose identification is but to be revealed had abducted the hapless lady and took her to an orphanage the place Philomena Okoye, a lady in determined want of a kid, acquired her with N2 million as half fee.


Explaining how she took place Mercy, Okoye stated she had been married for years with no youngster, therefore she determined to undertake a child from an orphanage in Nnewi, Anambra State in November final 12 months, who turned out to be Mercy.

“I was instructed that the kid’s mom introduced her to the house (orphanage) on the excuse that she had too many kids to cater for,” she stated, including that she made an element fee of N2 million and was issued paperwork to that impact.

She, nonetheless, stated she was not concerned within the abduction of the kid.


Mercy herself had stated that she was taken away from her school by a person shortly after the school dismissed.

“The subsequent place I discovered myself was within the midst of different kids earlier than I was lastly taken away by a lady who took me to her residence,” she stated.

How my daughter received lacking’

According to Nwadiukwu, her daughter had left for school within the morning of that fateful day collectively along with her siblings with none inkling of the destiny that may befall her.

She stated: “It was on November 13, 2019. I was in my store the place I promote yams when a lady on evangelism got here to my store and instructed me that I was about to lose one thing valuable.

“She suggested that I ought to provide the cash I meant to restock my store with as sacrifice to God. Little did I do know that it was a prophecy that may be fulfilled inside just a few hours.

“When it was time for my kids to return from school, the others got here again however I didn’t see Mercy. My first daughter who she usually got here residence with stated she thought she had returned already.

“I began making calls however no one, together with the lecturers, appeared to know her whereabouts. Some stated she should have adopted one of many aunties. It was like a joke.

“I rushed to the police station and reported the matter. They despatched indicators to all their stations throughout the state. I additionally gave out the announcement to radio stations within the state in addition to city criers, with a few of them gathering cash.

“I additionally despatched messages to all of the prayer homes round. There was no church in Awka that was not praying for my daughter. Some of them collected cash.

“I spent greater than N200,000 in a number of the prayer homes. One of them collected as a lot as N84,000. My husband counted the cash and gave it to him with Mercy’s footage.

“The following day we visited, he stated he noticed the lady within the palms of 1 Alhaji with 32 different kids.

“Another prophet stated it was not lengthy my daughter was abducted; that she was taken out of the state to Enugu. He later stated she was within the palms of formality killers. One even requested for N180,000, which I refused to pay.

“Because of this identical youngster, I needed to embark on one-week fasting and prayers with out water. Immediately after that train, nonetheless, God began revealing to me that my daughter was nonetheless alive. This was earlier than Easter. For me, that was sufficient encouragement.

“Later, my husband and I made a decision to take the child’s garments and footwear to the altar of our church the place she was devoted at start. We made some prayers there, asking God to find our youngster for us.

“Meanwhile, we began receiving one other revelation of the place I was killed, with the poster of my obituary. My husband needed to embark on a 21-day prayer and fasting, throughout which he noticed himself bathing the kid with the blood of Jesus.”

Mercy’s miraculous reappearance

Nwadiukwu described the reappearance of her daughter as the best miracle she had ever witnessed, saying she wouldn’t neglect that day in her life time.

She stated: “It was on a Sunday morning, exactly on June 21. One of our church members was on his strategy to church along with his household when one of many daughters sighted from the automotive a bit lady strolling on the roadside with a lady. She rapidly referred to as the eye of the dad to the lady, shouting, “Daddy, is that not Mercy?’

“The father stopped, alighted from the automotive and approached the girl, requesting to know the way she received the kid. Although the girl claimed to have adopted the child, the person insisted she ought to joined them within the automotive to the police station for additional inquiries.

“However, they first drove to the church to tell me of the event earlier than we later drove to the police station.”

Disclosing that she fainted on receiving the information of her daughter’s reappearance, Nwadiukwu stated she couldn’t consider her eyes when her daughter was delivered to her.

She stated: “I had gone to brush the church early within the morning as a result of I couldn’t go yesterday. I was there when one in every of our members drove to the church along with his members of the family.

“He had not parked the automotive once I noticed the youngsters beckoning to me. They rapidly jumped down from the automotive with my daughter and began shouting: ‘Is this not Mercy your youngster?’ I fainted. I couldn’t consider my eyes.”

Nwadiukwu additionally recalled how the information of her daughter’s return crammed the air barely one month after she was abducted.


She stated: “It was less than a month after the incident when rumours began spreading that my daughter had been discovered. I went to the school the place she was kidnapped and requested that they need to produce my daughter however they fairly mocked me.

“In the midst of all this, I refused to be discouraged. I challenged God that if my daughter was to die, it will have been throughout her being pregnant once I took medicine {that a} pregnant girl was not purported to take.

“Besides, I didn’t get her from a herbalist. Since He allowed her to outlive, it meant she had one thing to do in my household.


“How God catapulted the girl who claimed to have adopted my daughter from Ogidi space of the state the place she earlier resided to Okpuno in Awka North Local Government Area, stays a thriller.

“And whereas I had sleepless nights over the situation of my daughter, notably as a result of it was examination interval, little did I do know that she was being adequately taken care of. She was enrolled in a particular school the place her lecturers had been taken care of.”


Nwadiukwu pledged at hand over the lady to God by guaranteeing she served him for the remainder of her life. She additionally deliberate withdrawing her from her former school to a greater school the place she would obtain high quality training.

A senior Police officer on the Central Police Station, Awka, who spoke to The Nation on situation of anonymity, stated some individuals had been arrested in reference to the case, whereas the sufferer had since been re-united with the household.

He nonetheless stated the prime suspect and proprietor of the orphanage was nonetheless at giant, including that the matter has been transferred to the state CID for investigation.

The Police spokesperson in Anambra State confirmed the incident, saying investigation was ongoing.

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