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CHILD TRAFFICKING: 21 CHILDREN RESCUED, SUSPECT ARRESTED

The National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) has rescued 21 children of Kaduna State origin on their way from Zaria, Kaduna state to Nassarawa State for labour exploitation.

The children whose age range is from 6- 15 years were intercepted at the Bwari area council of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) by military personnel at a military check point.

The children were cramped in a white coloured old J5 vehicle with registration number Lagos XT 472 GGE without windows. The vehicle according to the suspect is used for carrying tomatoes. By the time the children were rescued, they were weak and tired without face masks and other Protection equipment from Covid-19.

The driver of the vehicle Bala Ibrahim, who is the prime suspect, is being interrogated by the investigators.

Reacting to this, the Director-General, Imaan Suleiman Ibrahim has advised parents to be weary of those they leave their children with especially with the menace of trafficking in persons across the world.

She wondered why anybody would allow the children to be moved in such an inhumane condition especially under the Covid-19 pandemic era. She pledged that the law will take its course on this matter.

Stella Nezan

Head, Press and Public Relations Unit (PPRU)

10th January, 2021

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