Human Trafficking: Kwara NSCDC rescues four underaged, arrests culprit


By Stephen Olufemi Oni, Ilorin

Operatives of the Kwara State Command of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) have rescued four under-aged girls who were being trafficked from Port Harcourt to Ilorin for the purpose of being used as sex slaves/ prostitutes.

The Commandant of the NSCDC in the State, Makinde Iskil Ayinla, disclosed this in a statement issued by the Command’s spokesman, Babawale Zaid Afolabi, and made available to the newsmen in Ilorin on Tuesday.

“The State Command was alerted by a concerned citizen of a suspected case of human trafficking involving four under-aged girls (names withheld) whose ages range between 15 and 16 years. They were brought to Ilorin from PourtHacourt for the purpose of using them as sex slaves or prostitutes. Operatives of the human trafficking unit of the corps swung into action and rounded them up at the point of entry,” the Commandant disclosed.

He explained further that one Gift Rita, 37, who was suspected to be the trafficker, has been arrested, adding that the four victims and the suspects have been handed over to the operatives of the NAPTIP, Kwara State Command, for further action and possible prosecution of the suspect.

The State Commander of NAPTIP, Saadu Mustapha, said that the arrest of the suspect and the victims was successful as a result of their collaboration with NSCDC.

Mustapha promised that the Agency would rehabilitate the victims and reunite them with their families, while the suspect would be thoroughly investigated and prosecuted, depending on their level of involvement.

The State NAPTIP Commander has therefore admonished parents and guardians to take proper care of their female wards, adding that the victims would be profiled and their families would be contacted after necessary procedures.


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