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Child trafficking: Ekiti Amotekun nabs Prophetesses, others

By Victor Akinkuolie, Ado-Ekiti

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The Western Nigeria Security Network (WNSN), code named Amotekun Corps, has apprehended four suspects alleged to have been involved in child trafficking of children to Libya.

The suspects are Dorcas Adefowoke, Oyetunji Ebunoluwa, Miss Adefowoke Toyin and  Miss Boluwatife Soremi.

Among the suspects are two prophetesses who confessed to have arranged  over thirty persons in preparation for same mission before the arrest.

Parading the suspects in Ado Ekiti, the Commandant of the Amotekun Corps, Mr. Joel Komolafe noted that the suspects were arrested after a tip-off by some citizens.

He confirmed that preliminary investigation revealed that the suspects who have formed a cartel had finalised arrangements to ferry the two victims to Libya without the consent of their parents.

According to him, the suspects were already on their way to handover the victims to agents who will sell them as slaves to Libya before the command was able to track them.

The suspects were handed over to the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) and had been transferred to their head office for further investigation.

During an interview, the victims alleged that the suspects  promised to assist them to London, not knowing that they were on their way to a dangerous zone.

One of the victims, Shorimu Boluwatife, who spoke with The Hope Metro revealed that she absconded from home because her cousin, Adepoju Victor, a student of Federal Polytechnic, had raped her.

“After I  absconded from home, I was on the street, pacing around, when a prophetess who owned a church found me and the other person, and we had to stay with her.

A boy named Okiki saw us in the church then, and took us to his mother, ‘Woli Lilu in Igbimo’, who also has a church, and she promised that she could help us travel to London.

“Okiki’s mother also assured us that we would travel to London, saying that we would board a bus to Warri from Akure the following day. She told us that someone would meet with us in Warri.

“When we got to Warri, we met with a sister called Lizzy, who accommodated us for two days, afterwards, led us to where we boarded a bus to Onitsha. We were in Jalingo when Amotekun rescued us.

Reacting, the Spokesperson for the NAPTIP, Ekiti State Office, confirmed that four suspects and two victims have been handed over to them.

He assured the general public that the matter would be investigated to the root and whosoever was found guilty would be charged accordingly.

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