Nigerian Army Rescue 69 Children From Traffickers In Abuja
Soldiers of the Guards Brigade, Nigerian Army, have rescued 69 children being trafficked by 4 suspected human traffickers in the Masaka area of Abuja, the Vanguard reports.
According to the report, the children have been handed over to the National Agency for Prohibition in Trafficking Persons and other related offences, NAPTIP, in Lafia, Nasarawa State, for further investigation. The four suspected traffickers have since been handed over to the police for further investigations and possible prosecution.
The Guards Brigade Commander, Brigadier General Yusuf Musa, who confirmed the rescue of the children to journalists in Abuja, Wednesday, said the victims, whose ages ranged between six and ten years, were intercepted at a military checkpoint in Masaka by the 177 Guards Battalion, Keffi.
Speaking on the development, Commanding Officer, 177, Lt. Col. Garba Muhammed, said: “The suspect claimed he was taking the children to a Quranic school, but we asked him further questions, which he could not satisfactorily answer.
“He has been handed over to the police, and the victims have been taken to NAPTIP.”
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