Kidnapped 11-year-old Embraces Mother After Five Years


BEVERLY HILLS, January 14, (THEWILL) – The Cross River State Police Command on Wednesday reunited an 11-year-old girl, Felicia Destiny, who was kidnapped five years ago, with her mother.

Destiny who was kidnapped in January 2011 at Okpekpe, Etsako East Local Government Area, Edo State by Emmanuel Akpan-Okon, a local herbalist, was rescued on November 16, 2015, in Akamkpa, Akamkpa Local Government Area of Cross River State.


While handing over Destiny to her mother, Mrs. Felicia Pius, at the command headquarters in Calabar, the state Police Public Relations Officer, Mr. John Eluu, revealed that there was another victim rescued with Destiny.

“On November 16, 2015, a team of detectives attached to the Akamkpa Police Division, acting on a tip-off, arrested a herbalist, one Emmanuel Akpan-Okon, who specialised in removing bullets from firearms victims,” he said.

“Investigation revealed that the herbalist is also known for preparing charms for armed robbers and other miscreants in the area.

“His house and premises were searched and two juveniles, Felicia Destiny (11) and Esther Augustine (11), both females, were rescued. Both victims were abducted five years ago from their homes and parents.

“Investigation is still ongoing. The suspect will be arraigned as soon as investigation is completed. We will ensure that the suspect faces the wrath of the law.”

He said the suspect had confessed to the crime and gave the police details on how to contact the parents of the girls.

He appealed to members of the public with relevant information on the whereabouts of the parents of Esther to provide it adding that the police would also ensure that Augustine was re-united with her family.

Felicia, who received her daughter with tears of joy, commended the police for rescuing her daughter saying she never believed she would see her again.

Story by David Oputah