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Police Arrest Suspected Child Traffickers Conveying 12 Children

Police Arrest Suspected Child Traffickers Conveying 12 Children

Officers of the Nigerian Police have arrested suspected child traffickers in Bayelsa state who were seen with 12 children in their custody.

Police operatives in Bayelsa State have intercepted two vehicles conveying 12 children into the state for alleged child labour and child trafficking.

The two vehicles – a Mazda 626 with number plate BC 645 KSF and a Jetta with number plate DX 643 PH travelled from Akwa Ibom to Bayelsa. The children were nine females and three males, aged between five and 17 years.

The vehicles were paraded at the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department, Yenagoa.

The Police Public Relations Officer, Mr. Asinim Butswat, said they were arrested on Sunday during a routine stop-and-search operation along the Glory Land Drive.

Butswat said, “Policemen, during routine stop-and-search operation at the Glory Land Drive (in Yenagoa), arrested the two vehicles carrying the children.

“When they were interrogated, they could not tell where they were going. They said their parents are here in Bayelsa, but till now, none of their relatives have come to claim them.”

The police spokesman gave the identities of the prime suspects and drivers of the two cars as Inemesi Koffi and Geoffrey Ezekiel, both from Akwa Ibom State.

In an interview, Inemesi Koffi, claimed that the parents and guardians of the children asked him to help carry the children to Yenagoa to spend holidays with them.

Koffi, a taxi operator in Bayelsa, said he was in his village, Nkana, in Etinan Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom for a funeral when the children’s parents contacted him and sought his help.

He claimed that some of the children’s parents were vegetable sellers at Swali Market and restaurant operators in Yenagoa.

Butswat said the children had been handed over to the Social Welfare Department of the State Ministry of Women Affairs while investigation was ongoing.

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