The National Agency for Prohibition of Trafficking in Person, (NAPTIP), Makurdi Zonal Command, has arrested two suspects involved in the trading of babies.
NAPTIP Zonal Commander, Mrs Gloria Bai, made the disclosure in a media chat with newsmen in Makurdi while recalling recent successes made by the command under her watch.
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Bai who said the culprits will be charged to court upon resumption of courts activities, explained that the command, in recent times, received seven cases of trafficking involving 13 children out of which only three had been rescued.
“Also, we have two young boys who were taken from Gboko and sold out in Lagos. The syndicate has been arrested and the case is in court, and the boys were rescued with the help of the Nigerian police,” she said.
The Zonal Commander noted that the most recent concerns were cases involving young girls who have had pregnancies out of wedlock and some did not know who were responsible for their pregnancies.
She added that, “Traffickers have started using that opportunity, preying on the vulnerability of these young girls because they are vulnerable, some are even driven from home after the pregnancy.
“The traffickers now are using that avenue to deceive these young girls, take them somewhere, make them have the babies and then sell the babies. We have received so many cases.
“Right now we have arrested two suspects who are members of the syndicate involved in luring young girls who are pregnant and deceiving them to have the babies and after that they sell the babies.
“We know that there are cases where some of them are told that the babies are dead and they are not even paid one kobo and some were just paid some stipends.”
Bai further explained how a girl was taken to Abia state and her baby sold and then she was given N100,000, as well as another case where a woman came from Bayelsa state and bought a baby in Benue, adding that the babies were yet to be recovered.