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Two suspected child traffickers arrested in Ekiti with 32 children

by Adenike Akindude
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Two suspected child traffickers have been arrested in Ekiti State with 32 children by the Ekiti Command of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) on Tuesday.

The NSCDC Commandant of Ekiti State Command, Mr Donatus Ikemefuna, named the suspects as Stephen Udoh and Ede Thomas.

He said this while addressing a news conference in Ado Ekiti concerning the incident.

According to Punch report, The Commandant said: “Operatives of the NSCDC nabbed the suspects after they trafficked 32 minors into the state for illicit businesses.

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“We have trailed the suspects for quite some time; they specialise in intrastate child trafficking between Benue and Ekiti, and unto other states in the South-West.

“They bring the children here for child labour and prostitution. Most of the children are between five and 18 years.”

Mr Ikemefuna confirmed that the two suspects have been on their watch list for the last two months.

He revealed that they get their victims by promising them jobs with good wages in Ado Ekiti, Ondo State and in Oyo State and that such jobs lead to child labour and prostitution.

He added that the two men were arrested after they were trailed by men of the counterterrorism unit to the place where they took the primary and secondary school children who were their victims.

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The Commandant said the matter will be further investigated and the suspects will be handed over to the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking In Persons (NAPTIP) for proper action.

However, the Director-General of NAPTIP, Julie Okah Donli stated on Tuesday 1st of August in her address to the men of NAPTIP Lagos command that they should desist from taking bribes.

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