The Ebonyi State Police Command, on Friday, mentioned it has rescued over 32 females and males, primarily between the ages of 16 and 17 years from traffickers, who allegedly dumped them in a two-room house, situated at Okposi Umuaghara neighborhood, within the Ezza North Native Authorities Space of the state.
The state Commissioner of Police, CP. Aliyu Garba, made this recognized whereas parading the suspected traffickers alongside the victims on the B Division of the command, in Abakaliki, the state capital.
He mentioned the suspects allegedly trafficked the youngsters from totally different components of the nation for pressured labour and sexual exploitation.
He additional noticed that the victims have been rescued following a case of a lacking minor, reported to the police by one Mrs Nwankwo Ijioma, who hails from Uterufie village within the Ebonyi LGA, of the state, who acknowledged that her daughter, one Miss Nwankwo Childera, 14, who left their home in August 2021, had not been seen.
Garba mentioned, “In the reason for investigation, an organization’s commercial sheet captioned ‘NEO life’ containing a telephone quantity was discovered within the daughter’s room. The proprietor of the telephone, who was later recognized as Christian Nwankwo, ‘M’, age 19 yrs, was traced and arrested.
“The youngsters are trafficked from totally different components of the nation and are getting used for pressured labour and sexual exploitation, within the identify of networking/hawking NEO life firm merchandise.
“The suspects rented two (2) rooms house at Diamond Villa lodge adjoining to Ebonyi state College Medical Division, PRESCO campus, as a place of dwelling for the victims.”
The CP additional mentioned one Nwagboduhu Ekene, 20, and Nwaoko Godwin, 24, and one different have been arrested alongside the 32 trafficked underaged youngsters at their hideout at Okposi Umuaghara.
He added that the 32 trafficked underaged youngsters hail from Enugu, Ebonyi, Imo, Anambra, Akwa-Ibom, Cross River, Benue, Abia and Rivers States.
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