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Woman, 88, Arrested Over Alleged Human Trafficking

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An 88-year-old woman has been arrested by officials of the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) for her alleged involvement in the abduction of a six-year-old girl in Benin in Benin city.

The victim, identified as Success, was allegedly kidnapped around Upper Sakponba in Ikpoba-Okha local government area of Edo state.

She was allegedly trafficked to Onitsha, Anambra state, where the suspect, said to be from Asaba, in Delta state allegedly purchased her (victim)? for over N500,000.

Success was however said to have recalled her father’s telephone number and called, through the suspect’s mobile phone, to inform him of her predicament before the agency was alerted.

?NAPTIP spokesman in Edo, Nduka Nwanwene who confirmed the arrest, said that the little girl had been rescued and placed under the shelter of the agency.

According to Nwanwene, ?”the girl was trafficked to Onitsha into an orphanage home, where an 88-year-old woman from Asaba, in Delta state, purchased her”.

“She was taken to Asaba. But the girl was able to remember the father’s phone number, ?written on the wall of their house. The father is a bricklayer” he said

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He said though the suspect had been granted bail, she would be arraigned in court, after investigations.

“Of course, after investigation, the next thing is arraignment. We are still trying to track some other persons connected with this because we understand that the man that actually started the whole thing has relocated from that neighbourhood.

“But as soon as all investigations are concluded, we will arraign them in court” the spokesman further said,

While decrying the prevalence of trafficking in the country, he urged parents to remain watchful and monitor the movement of their little children and wards.
“Parents should try as much as possible to take care of their children (and) know where they are at any point in time. There should be family cohesion to prevent such a situation from happening.

“A lot of traffickers are on prowl; that was why the girl was kidnapped for the purpose of making money.” he also said

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