by Hauwa Gambo
The Quick Response Group Team of the Nigerian Army in Lokoja has arrested a human trafficking suspect, Sunday Agbo from Benue State, revealing to journalists that trade in children from Makurdi is now an industry.
According to the commandant of Army Record, Major General Alphonso Chukwu, investigations reveal that Agbo has been ‘securing’ children for sums ranging from N4,000 to N5,000 by telling their parents he is getting them jobs as domestic helps in Lagos.
While presenting the suspect to journalists on Friday, Major Chukwu said he was arrested with 10 children – six boys and four girls aged seven to 19 – on Thursday along the Itobe-Ajaokuta road. He was in a ash colour Toyota Camry car with the registration number CW 322 LSD, headed to Lagos.
When the suspect was confronted by the men of the Quick Response Group, he first claimed the children belonged to him. Interrogation later led to a confession that they were given to him by a Madam Janet Akpa, an agent from the same village who asked him to deliver the children to another agent in Lagos.
One of the children, Blessing Jacob, who said she had just finished an examination to SSS 2 said she was told to follow the suspect to Lagos only for holidays and temporary work.