Suspected human traffickers arrested in Kwara state

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By Muhammed Shaeed

Three suspected human traffickers have been arrested by Kwara State Police command at Oko-Olowo axis of Ilorin, the state capital.

The suspected traffickers are identified by police command as Musa’ Ayuba, (44), Jeremiah Muda, (35), and Luka Ayuba, (37) all of Banji Village via Kotongora town, Niger state.

They were intercepted while waiting for a vehicle that was billed to convey them to their destination in Ilorin, according to a statement by the spokesman of the state police command, SP Okasanmi Ajayi in Ilorin on Saturday.

The spokesman, okasanmi disclosed that “on January 14, 2023, at 0400 hours along the Okolowo expressway, a detachment of policemen on special security assignment intercepted the trio of Musa Ayuba, 44, Jeremiah Muda, 35, and Luka Ayuba, 37, all of Bangi village via Kotongura, Niger State, with 41 young boys and girls (22 boys and 19 girls) with their age range between five and fifteen years, while waiting for a lorry that was to convey them to their destination in Ilorin.

“The suspects, while undergoing interrogation, claimed to be coming from Niger State to Ilorin to meet a certain pastor to enrol the children in a yet-to-be-determined school, the claim that looked spurious 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, while Investigation and contact with the children’s parents and guardians are ongoing,” the statement added.

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