NSCDC ar­rests 2 for traf­fick­ing 32 mi­nors to Ek­iti

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Doyin Ade­busuyi, Ado Ek­iti

Men of the Nige­rian Se­cu­rity and Civil De­fence Corps (NSCDC) have ar­rested two child traf­fick­ers, Stephen Udoh and Ede Thomas, for al­leged traf­fick­ing of 32 mi­nors to Ek­iti.

It was gath­ered that the sus­pects were no­to­ri­ous for traf­fick­ing of pri­mary and se­condary school pupils be­tween five and 18 years from Benue state to Ek­iti and other South West states for child labour and pros­ti­tu­tion.

The NSCDC Com­man­dant in Ek­iti State, Mr Dona­tus Ike­me­funa, who stated this in a state­ment yes­ter­day, said the sus­pects were ar­rested around 1.00pm on Sun­day af­ter his men in Counter Ter­ror­ism Unit who had been trail­ing them had gath­ered sub­stan­tial ev­i­dence against them.

He said, “Dur­ing pre­lim­i­nary in­ves­ti­ga­tion, some of the vic­tims con­firmed that the duo of Udoh, a driver and Thomas promised to give them jobs with good monthly wages in Ado Ek­iti, Ig­bonla in Ondo State, Og­bo­moso and Oyo towns with­out de­tails of the kinds of jobs, but this had proven over­time to be child labour.

“The vic­tims con­firmed that Thomas fa­cil­i­tates the busi­ness trips ev­ery month on spe­cial re­quest from these states. Most of them af­firmed that their par­ents are in the pic­ture of the crime. It be­came nec­es­sary to ap­pre­hend the sus­pects be­cause the calls were much on the spate of child traf­fick­ing to Ek­iti State. The im­por­ta­tion and ex­por­ta­tion of un­der­age, to NSCDC, is ter­ror­ism.”

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