NAPTIP arrests 11 suspected child traffickers, recovers Kids — Punch Newspapers

The National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons on Wednesday said it arrested 11 men over suspected child trafficking, abduction and sale of children in Anambra State.

Mr Josiah Emerole, the NAPTIP Head of Press and Public Relations, stated this at a statement in Abuja.

Emerole said that the suspects were nabbed in various components of Anambra at a joint operation carried out with the support of operatives of both Directorate of the State Services.

He noticed the suspects, containing eight girls and three men, were said to belong to   a criminal syndicate which specialised in kidnapping and sale of all infants throughout the country.

The spokesperson disclosed three kids whose ages range from eight weeks to four years were retrieved during the surgery, while scores of other kids considered to be trafficked from the gang were nevertheless available.

According to him among the kids is a two-year-old girl reportedly discharged from Lagos sometime ago and yet another four-year-old boy supposedly stolen out of his parents at Gudaba at FCT.

He added the boy’s parents had been to be traced to collect the kid.

“The parents of the eight months old kid are not yet been traced, while the two years old kid whose four year old brother has been yet to be retrieved has been identified by her parents.

“The baby was stolen out of Okpoko at Anambra and recovered in Lagos.”

He explained among the arrested suspects, Rosemary Okafor, 30, supposedly sold among her four kids, a newborn baby, to a single girl just recognized as Madam Pink in the price of N350,000.

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