– A ring of human traffickers have been apprehended in Akure, the Ondo state capital
– The traffickers were intercepted by the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC)
– The ring of traffickers have been handed over to the National Agency for the Prohibition of Traffic in Persons (NAPTIP)
The NSCDC has reported that a notorious ring of human traffickers were apprehended in the Ondo state capital, Akure.
The ring were specialized in trading teenage girls for prostitution and illicit jobs within and outside Nigeria.
The culprits were apprehended at a hideout in Akure while planning to fly their victims outside the country for prostitution.
According to Sahara Reporters, the arrested culprits have been handed over to the officials of the National Agency for the Prohibition of Traffic in Persons (NAPTIP) in Ondo State for prosecution.
The names of the arrested group leaders were given as Olofintuyi Bukola, 35, and George Bukola, age 25.
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Ondo state commandant of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Fasiu Adeyinka, further confirmed the news saying the culprits were apprehended following a tip off and surveillance placed at their hide out in the state capital.
Mr Adeyinka claimed that the arrest was a renewed offensive against criminal elements sabotaging security agencies effort in the state.
“The arrest was made at about 11:45 AM at the airways, Lafe, Akure South Local Government Area,” he said.
He revealed that the culprits had concluded plans to send the victims from Nigeria to Libya for prostitution and forced labor.
A source at the NSCDC office told our correspondent that four innocent female victims who had been forced into the illicit trade have been handed over to the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP).
“We have transferred the young ladies to the NAPTIP office in Akure,” he said.
Meanwhile, some thieves specializing in burgling private vehicles have been arrested by the intelligence officers of the command.
The gang specialized in breaking into cars and stealing accessories such as car radios, batteries, and car logos.
Sources revealed that four of the culprits were caught at Muslim Primary School, Isikan, in Akure.
The culprits are Busuyi Ajibola, Kayode Aseweje, Adeyemo Ojo and Sunday Adewale, and are under investigation.
However, the command has asked all criminals to vacate the State or face a tough war with security agencies.
Meanwhile, the Delta state police command on Monday, August 8, paraded two suspects who sold a three-month-old baby to a Lagos-based businessman for N500, 000.
The suspects, a 43-year-old fake nurse, Uju Okonkwo and a fake lawyer, Ezurum Joseph, who claimed to have graduated from the Nnamdi Azikwe University, NAU, Anambra state in 2011 with registration number 39017, confessed to the crime.
In his confession, the fake lawyer said over the years, he had provided the hideouts where Okonkwo was using to harbour her victims and had stood as the woman’s solicitor.
He added that he dropped out of school after he could not pass four courses, which prevented him from attending Law School.