Kwara state police command on Saturday, January 14, busted a suspected child-trafficking syndicate and rescued 41 children (22 boys and 19 girls).
The police also arrested one Musa Ayuba, 44, Jeremiah Muda, 35, and Luka Ayuba, 37, all of Bangi village via Kotongura, Niger State who are said to be running the place.
According to the police the suspects were arrested with the children while they were waiting for a lorry that was to convey them to their destination in Ilorin.
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A statement released by SP Ajayi Okasanmi, spokesperson of the state police command, says the suspects, while undergoing interrogation, claimed to be coming from Niger State to Ilorin to meet a certain pastor to enroll the children in a yet-to-be-determined school.
He said the explanation didn’t seem genuine, hence would be discreetly investigated, as it is highly suspected to be a case of child trafficking.
”The children are presently in the custody of the police command, while efforts to contact the state ministry of women’s affairs. Investigation and contact with the children’s parents and guardians are ongoing.” Okasanmi said
He added that the state Commissioner of Police, Kwara State Cp Paul Odama, has advised parents and guidance to avoid releasing their children to unknown or deceitful child traffickers, as the children might be used as house helps and other despicable endeavors, which is against the child rights laws.
Okasanmi added that the suspects arrested in this case would be charged to court after a thorough investigation.
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