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Police parade traffickers in Enugu

The Nigeria Police Force, Enugu State Command, has paraded two suspected child traffickers, alleged to have specialized in moving children from Plateau State to Port Harcourt, Rivers State.

The nine children, made up of five boys and four girls between the ages of two and thirteen were rescued from the suspects.

Addressing newsmen at the Command’s Headquarters in Enugu, the State Commissioner of Police, Mr Ahmed Abdurrahman gave the names of the suspected traffickers as Mrs. Ezinne from Kogi State but, married to Ebonyi State and Pastor Issac from Barkin Ladi Local government  Plateau State.

According to the Police Commissioner, the suspects were intercepted with the children on fourth of this month in a luxury bus at Orba Check-point in Udenu Local Government Area of the state by the Eight-two division of the Nigerian Army. 

The Commissioner said that the army authorities handed over the victims and suspects to the command for further investigation.

The Commissioner of Police,said that the police was still tracking the receiver of the trafficked children, one “Blessing’’ who allegedly ran an orphanage home in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.

Mr. Abdur Rahman who handed over some of the children to their parents cautioned parents against bearing children that they could not cater for.

He appealed to the Plateau State Government to assist in rehabilitating the rescued children.

But in an interview, one of the suspects, Mrs. Rebecca Ezinne Nwachi, denied being a child-trafficker, claiming that she handed over the children to a legal orphanage home in Elelenwa, near Port-Harcourt, Rivers State which had been in existence over ten years. 

Parents and guardians of some of the rescued children, including Mrs. Victoria Johanna & Mr. Gyang Fom agreed giving out the children to the orphanage home as they could not afford to take care of them properly.

Meanwhile the police say they would continue with the investigation and would prosecute anyone involved in trafficking the children.

CHUKWUBUIKE MADU

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