The Edo State Police Command in collaboration with some vigilantes has arrested about 26 victims of trafficking within the state.
The police rescued the victims suspected to have been trafficked from Ebonyi, Imo, Abia, Anambra and Akwa Ibom states.
In an announcement issued on Tuesday, the command’s spokesman, Kontongs Bello, mentioned the victims comprise 19 youngsters, one teenager and 6 ladies.
In accordance with him, the victims had been heading in direction of Evbuotubu in Ekenwan Street axis of Benin Metropolis earlier than they had been intercepted by the police.
Bello mentioned the ladies had been lured from their varied residence states by a girl named Jennifer (additionally referred to as Ezinne), noting that the suspect is now on the run.
The assertion learn partly, “They had been lured in a guise that Edo State Authorities is giving monetary assist to single moms with new child infants, particularly twins.
“The ladies mentioned they had been compelled to go for avenue begging for his or her mistress, Jennifer. They additional said that solely peanuts got to them to deal with their youngsters and that they had been to feed on the proceeds received from begging.”
Bello additionally referred to as on the residents of the state to ignore some social media studies indicating that some ladies and youngsters had been rescued from a child manufacturing unit by the police in Benin Metropolis.
He blamed the studies on some mischief makers whom he mentioned engaged within the publication to tarnish the picture of Edo State.
“The ladies and youngsters have since been handed over to Edo State Ministry of Girls Affairs for rehabilitation and a potential return to their residence states whereas effort is also in place to arrest the fleeing mistress,” he added.
In the meantime, the state Commissioner of Police, Phillip Aliyu Ogbadu, has urged media practitioners and members of the general public to all the time confirm their supply of data earlier than publication so as to not mislead most of the people.
He warned prison parts to eschew crime, relocate to different states or face the complete wrath of the legislation.
The police boss additional suggested dad and mom to be cautious of unknown individuals who come promising heaven on earth to their youngsters because the result’s all the time catastrophic.
He additionally assured law-abiding residents of the state to go about their lawful companies, reiterating the command’s dedication to rid the state of prison actions.
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