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Abducted Nigerian Schoolgirl Reunites With Family 20 Years After




The Nationwide Company for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Individuals has reunited along with her household, a younger lady, Uduak Etim, who was kidnapped and trafficked as a baby 20 years in the past.


Miss Etim, who was six years outdated when she was kidnapped, and was stated to have been kidnapped whereas attending courses at St. Joseph Roman Catholic Main Faculty, Idu, Uruan Native Authorities Space, Akwa Ibom State, and brought to Benin Metropolis.

After 20 years of working as home servant, hope, nonetheless got here Etim’s method when a Good Samaritan petitioned NAPTIP in Benin to report the case of a younger woman in his neighbourhood, who was being tormented each day.

Mrs Ijeoma Uduak, the Zonal Commander, NAPTIP, Benin Zonal Command, stated investigations revealed that the sufferer was trafficked from Idu Uruan and brought to Benin Metropolis by one lady, who gave the sufferer out to a different lady as a home servant.

She stated each suspects have been arrested by the company and have been being prosecuted.

Mrs Uduak, who handed over the sufferer to her mom, Madam Esther Udoh, on the palace of the Village Head of Idu Uruan, Uruan LGA, suggested dad and mom to not fall for the deception of traffickers.

“It is a sufferer that was trafficked from the classroom when she was six years outdated. The girl got here there and deceived her and picked her from Akwa Ibom State to Edo State. At present, we got here to reunite the kid and the household. They instructed us that they thought she had been lifeless and forgotten,” she stated.

She stated after the company found that the abductors of Miss Etim didn’t give her a proper training or assist her to amass any ability, NAPTIP determined to coach her earlier than she could possibly be launched to her household.

“After her coaching, the NGO bought all hairdressing gear, foodstuffs and supported her with the sum of N300, 000 to lease a store,” she added.

The sufferer, Miss Etim thanked God for utilizing NAPTIP to rescue her and expressed her gratitude to the Benin Zonal Commander, Mrs Ijeoma Uduak.

The mom of the sufferer, Madam Esther Udoh, who wept uncontrollably, stated she was stuffed with pleasure seeing that her daughter was alive. 

She added that she had misplaced hope of ever seeing her once more.

The Village Head of Idu Uruan, Chief Godwin Okoho, stated the return of the lady confirmed that NAPTIP was working.

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