The family of Mr and Mrs Okechukwu Peter has every reason to be thankful.

Few days ago, the entire family was thrown into sadness when their 10-month-old baby, Tochukwu Okechukwu Peter was stolen.

The child was stolen from his mother, Udoka Peter, on June 15, 2017, at Ogbaku in the Mbaitoli Local Government Area of Imo State.

Imo State had had reports of baby factories uncovered in the state by police officials, with most of them having young pregnant girls, some near delivery period.

Three persons suspected to be involved in the child theft have been arrested by the police.

Ogechi Chukwuocha, 42 years, Calista Igwe, 38, and Chimezie, 32 were paraded before reporters by the police, before the recovered child was handed over to his parents.

The Police spokesperson, Andrew Enwerem, asserted that while the prime suspect, Favor Nwekem, who allegedly stole the baby from the baby’s mother, was still at large, the operatives of the state Department of Criminal Investigations and Intelligence bust the syndicate’s den in Orlu on June 20 and recovered the child, unhurt.

Enwerem said: "On June 15, one Udoka Peter, reported the case of the stealing of her 10 months old son by one Favour Nwekem. The operatives of Department of Criminal Investigations and Intelligence swung into action. 

"On June 20, we raided their hideout in Orlu and recovered the stolen boy.

"Investigation revealed that one Ogechi Chukwuocha bought the child for 650,000 Naira from Calista Igwe, while Chimezie Okafor was the link person. 

"Unfortunately, the prime suspect ran away, but we are trailing him and will soon nab him”.

The alleged buyer of the child, Chukwuocha, who confessed to the crime, said that she paid 650,000 Naira for the boy.

The widow who stated that she needed a male child desperately, said she did not know the child was stolen. 

She said her buyer promised to give her cover up documents before the police rounded them up.