Operatives of Nigeria Police, Ogun state command on Monday recovered 26 teenagers from three suspected human traffickers at Ibafo in Obafemi-Owode Local Government Area of Ogun state being trafficked to Lagos state, just as they paraded the traffickers at the State police command at Eleweran, Abeokuta.
The 26 teenagers, aged between the ages of eight and ten years, were reportedly trafficked from Jos, Plateau state and Kano, Kano state to do menial works in Lagos state before they were recovered at a motor park at Ibafo and were marched to Eleweran, including the three trafickers, Zainab Ahmad, 18; Aisha Abdullahi, 55 and Zuliat Abdulmalik, 45.
Speaking during the parade at Eleweran in Abeokuta on Monday, Abdulmajid Ali, Ogun State Police Commissioner, said, “based on our usual stakeholders meeting and proactive measures put in place by Nigeria Police, our attention was called yesterday (on Sunday) that some groups of underaged children were seen at a motor park at Ibafo area.
“The security agents were called immediately, our team raced there and got the leaders. The three women going wih them to Lagos. Their mission in Lagos, according to the suspects, is to take them to do some menial jobs which, if you look at them, they don’t even know what they are in for.
“They look innocent and we had to take some measures to avoid unpleasant situations, particularly in this Yuletide period coming up.
“We are alert now because of the threats of insurgence coming into our area and we have to be very proactive. If you see the children, they loom quite innocent and they may be used as suicide bombers and that is why we had to round them up and investigate their being”.