Seven trafficking victims rescued in Imo
Officials from the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) and personnel from the Obinze 34th Artillery Brigade rescued six children and a teenage mother-to-be from child traffickers arrested in Eziachi in the area of Orlu Local Government of Imo State.
Ministry Information Officer Nneka Nwogu said the victims were rescued from a human trafficking ring that abducted and sold children to a nursing assistant in Port Harcourt, Rivers State , Mrs. Favor Amaegbulam.
The main suspect, a Joy Duru, was apprehended along with four children while a fifth child was rescued from a woman posing as the child’s mother.
“One of the children sold has been recovered and returned to his biological parents and efforts are being made to recover another child whom the suspect admitted to selling to a family in Port Harcourt.”
A pregnant teenager and a baby were also rescued from an orphanage owned by the union that buys the children.
Nwogu added that the Imo State Commander of NAPTIP, Mr. Ernest Ogbu, handed over the six children and the mother-to-be to the Commissioner for Women Affairs and Vulnerable Groups, Lady Nkechinyere Ugwu.