48-year-old Chinedu Strongson, a popular radio preacher and founder of Gospel Fire Army Ministry, Nkwele-Ogidi, Anambra State, has been arrested in connection with child abduction and trafficking in persons. He was paraded, yesterday, at the police headquarters, Asaba, Delta State.
Trouble started for him when one Aisha Yahaya, of Asaba, reported how two ladies, came to her house as police detectives sent by her husband now serving at Ogwashi Uku prisons.
Aisha disclosed that she followed them to a junction where they met one Abigail Nwakama, aka Madam Cash, who gave her N3,500 to alleviate her poverty and asked her to buy clothes for her one-month-old daughter.
In the process, the said child was allegedly stolen by the syndicate, prompting her to raise an alarm which led to the arrest of the two ladies. Also arrested were Madam Cash, 32, and Ifeoma Anyadike, 32, and Onyinye Nwakama, daughter of Madam Cash.
They confessed to serving Pastor Chinedu and they led detectives to Ogidi where the pastor was arrested. Others arrested from different locations are David Ikesinachi; Ebere Edwin, Adaeze Enyi and Chike Agwunenu. .
Two of the rescued children have been handed over to their parents while the remaining were kept at an orphanage in Asaba pending identification by their families.