Ex-Matron Jailed For Buying And Selling Six-Year-Old Boy

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A 47-year-old mother of three has been convicted and sentenced to 10 years in prison for child trafficking in Akwa Ibom State.

The woman, Gertrude Akpan, a retired hospital matron was convicted by the Akwa Ibom State High Court sitting in Uyo, the state capital, for trafficking a 6-year-old boy.

She was said to have bought the child at the sum of N50,000, after which she took him to Owerri, Imo State where she sold him to one Kate Ojukwu Ogbonna, a native of Bende in Abia State at the sum of N200,000.

Presided over by Justice Okon Okon, the court found Akpan guilty of the offence and thereafter, gave the sentence without an option of fine.

The convict was said to have confessed that she has been in the trafficking business since 2008.

Delivering judgement in the case, the trial judge, Justice Okon Okon held that “apart from the confession of the convict, the evidence of the prosecution witness that she assisted the police in the recovery of the child victim from the buyer in Owerri, remained unchallenged and therefore accepted.”

He also held that the evidence of the prosecution is that one Ubong Charles Ekwere had on May 12, 2018, abducted the six-year-old boy in the lawful custody of his grandmother and sold him to the convict (Gertrude Akpan) at the sum of N50,000 and Gertrude in turn, sold the victim to Kate Ojukwu Ogbonna in Owerri at the sum of N200,000.

The presiding judge ruled that the convict was “guilty of unlawful removal and transfer of the child victim from Akwa Ibom State to Owerri, Imo State”.

Justice Okon also said: “it is sadistic that Gertrude, a mother of children, indulged in selling children of others, thereby depriving the innocent children of the natural love, care and upbringing by their parents.

“Such evil trade must be deprecated, forestalled and checkmated by every right-thinking member of the society,” he added.

Giving the sentence, the court held further that “buying and selling of children is against social and moral values of the people of Akwa Ibom State.”

Air Peace Foils Child Trafficking Scheme

 

Nigerian airline, Air Peace has foiled an attempt to traffic two babies by a man and a woman at the Murtala Muhammed Airport, Terminal 2, Lagos.

According to a statement issued by the airline on Tuesday, a Passenger Service Executives and Security Personnel became suspicious when the two adults, travelling to Asaba, were being checked in at the counter.

The suspicion intensified when the two adults, who hinted that the babies were three months old each, had different narratives upon questioning.

Further questioning revealed they were not the parents of the babies.

Consequently, Air Peace’s Security Unit took both of them to the MMA2 Police Station where they admitted to being agents who traffic children for adoption.

The police say the case would be transferred to the National Agency for Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) for further investigation and action.

This is not the first time the airline is nabbing suspected traffickers.

In June 2018 crew members had foiled two child trafficking schemes on a Lagos–Banjul flight and another in January 2019 on a Lagos-Port Harcourt flight.

Child Trafficking: Kano Govt To Give N1m Each To Nine Victims

 

The Kano State Government has directed that a sum of one million naira each be distributed to the nine victims of Child trafficking in the state to cater for their well-being.

Governor Abdullahi Ganduje gave the order on Thursday, while receiving the nine children who were abducted from Kano and sold in Anambra State.

He also approved death penalty for anyone found guilty of kidnapping across the state while inaugurating a commission to be headed by Justice Wada Rano to commence an inquiry into cases of missing persons from 2010 till date.

Furthermore, he directed the Ministry of Justice to immediately commence the process of making amendments to laws regarding kidnapping and other child-related abuses.

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He also appealed to their parents to prioritize their education which has now been declared free and compulsory by the administration.

After being trafficked over a period of five years, the children were successfully rescued on October 13 by the police.

Traditional, Religious Leaders Discuss Ways Of Keeping African Girls In School

Traditional rulers and religious leaders including the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar; the Emir of Kano, Alhaji Muhammadu Sanusi, among others on Monday discussed ways of keeping African girls in school.

The leaders made the discussions during the Regional Conference for African Traditional and Religious Leaders on Keeping Girls in School in Africa. The conference was held at the Nicon Luxury Hotel in Abuja.

The Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar, at the event, highlighted the dangers of neglecting girl child education. According to him, the Keeping Girls in School Conference is designed to address the human capital deficit.

“We have been told by experts consistently that development of Africa in every society starts with human capital development. The conference is conceived and designed to address this human capital development deficit,” the Sultan said.

The Emir of Kano, Alhaji Muhammadu Sanusi, in his address said funds are needed from the public and private sector to fund girl child education.

“We have been spending a lot of time blaming the victims. So while we talk about cultural practices, attitudes, we also talk about the need for these schools to be available for funding by the public and private sector.”

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The Regional Conference for African Traditional and Religious Leaders on Keeping Girls in School in Africa is a three-day conference aimed at triggering a kind of renaissance in Africa, by launching the drive for girls child education in Africa.

It is also aimed at ensuring that African girls and future mothers are educated so that they produce and bring up healthy and educated children who will lead Africa to greatness in the 21st century.

President Muhammadu Buhari who was also at the event reminded religious and traditional leaders of their role to advise and assist the government in tackling the challenges. He also described traditional leaders as original guardians of history, security, traditions, customs and culture.

Police Rescue Children From Alleged Illegal Orphanage

 

The Anti-Human Trafficking unit of the police on Wednesday rescued some children from an alleged illegal orphanage in the Okomaiko area of Lagos State.

The officer in charge of the unit, Chioma Ajunwa Oparah, explained that they burst the orphanage after they received information of child trafficking and sale allegedly being carried within the premise.

 

 

She said, “We went to the orphanage to rescue them because we heard an information concerning the illegality that has been going on in that orphanage home and we trailed the place. We got information through the baby that was sold. We trailed the place with the receipt.

“If you check the children here, you’ll see that they were trafficked from Enugu State.

“They were not born here and the one that was sold was born in the so-called traditional medicine home and we believe that so many things are still yet to be known”.

The children, aged between five and 15 years of age, have now been transferred to the police Juvenile Welfare Center.

Police Arrest Catholic Nun For Allegedly Selling Babies

An Indian nun (C) with Mother Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity hides her face as she sits outside a court under police protection before a hearing on child trafficking charges in Ranchi, in India’s eastern Jharkhand state, on July 5, 2018. AFP

 

A nun and a staff member at Mother Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity in eastern India were arrested Thursday for allegedly selling babies born to unwed mothers, police said.

The pair were arrested from the grounds of one of the offices of the charity in Jharkhand on charges of child trafficking, police in the state capital Ranchi said.

The women could face up to five years in prison for selling a baby boy from the institution founded by the Nobel laureate, which cares for unwed pregnant women and mothers in distress.

Police said the infant was sold to a family in neighbouring Uttar Pradesh state for $1,700 by the two suspects.

They could face more charges as investigations widen into the illegal adoption scam, said Ranchi senior superintendent Aneesh Gupta.

“The women have admitted to four more such cases which we are in the process of verifying. The families which bought the babies are also under our radar and will face action,” he told AFP.

Authorities grew suspicious after the state’s Child Welfare Committee discovered a newborn boy was missing from the centre last week.

Nuns at the charity told police that the boy’s mother had taken the child away, said Ranchi inspector general Ashish Batra.

“However, on being contacted, the mother said that she did not have the baby with her,” Batra said.

The hospitals where the children were delivered will also be investigated, police said.

Mother Teresa was a missionary nun who became a global symbol of compassion but she was also a controversial and divisive figure.

She remained fervently opposed to birth control and abortion, describing the latter as “direct murder by the mother herself” in her Nobel acceptance speech.

Mother Teresa, who was 87 when she died in 1997, was buried in Kolkata in eastern India, where Missionaries of Charity is headquartered.

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Police Rescue 19 Children From Traffickers’ Den In Kaduna

The police in Kaduna State has rescued 19 children believed to be victims of human trafficking in Kafanchan, Jemaa Local Government Area of the state.

The children all between the ages of four months to 14 years old, were rescued by a team of police detectives following intelligence information about the activities of the suspects.

The Kaduna State Commissioner of Police, Agyole Abeh said the suspects were traced from Kafanchan to a facility at Gwagwalada area of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja.

The suspected child traffickers kept the children inside a house with the purpose of taking them to an unknown destination before luck ran against them.

A man identified as James Nwachukwu, who claims to be the father of one of the children said he was lured by a Reverend sister to his son to the orphanage home in Gwagwalada, when his wife died seven years ago, but did not know the suspects were into human trafficking business.

The rescued children have since been rehabilitated and those in critical condition are currently receiving treatment at the police clinic in the state capital.

The other children were rehabilitated for medical treatment to ascertain psychological and physical damages they might have suffered. The other children are in the custody of the command for proper profiling.

The Kaduna Police boss, Abeh, says an investigation is still ongoing to identify the parents of the victims as well as arresting more suspects who were part of the trafficking syndicate.

He, however, calls on parents and guardians to be mindful of the movement of their children in order not to fall victims in the hands of kidnappers or traffickers.

Police Rescue Baby From Traffickers

delta state, police, child traffickers, suspected criminals, kidnappersThe Anti-kidnapping section of the Abia State Police Command has rescued a three months old baby from traffickers and handed her over to her mother.

While parading the suspects, the Commissioner of Police, Oyebade Adeleye, also said one of those who contributed to the trafficking, a 17-year-old Abigail Udofia collected the sum of 250 thousand Naira to sell her newborn baby boy.

According to him, the child was sold to one Esther Arukwe who resold the baby to a security lady at Comprehensive Health Centre, Oyingbo, Port Harcourt, Rivers State at the sum of 800 thousand Naira.

Adeleye frowned at the spate of child theft which he described as a crime against humanity that must not be allowed to continue.

He, however, said the increase in the number of operational stop and search points dedicated to ensuring that kidnapping is minimised, had yielded the desired result.

On its part, the state Anti-kidnapping section noted that investigation has been intensified toward recovering other babies.

Immigration Rescues 16 Children From Trafficking In Ekiti

Kidnapped children, child traffickers, Delta PoliceNo fewer than 16 children have been rescued from Child labour by the Nigerian Immigration Service in the last four months.

The NIS Comptroller in Ekiti, Mrs Oluremi Talabi, made the revelation in Ado Ekiti, on Thursday, when a family from Netherlands paid her a visit.

Mrs Talabi stressed that no effort will be spared in tackling child trafficking and labour in Ekiti.

Speaking further on the rescued children, Talabi noted that of all the 16, only one of them was a boy and they were all between the ages of five and 14.

She also added that the rescued children had been re-united with their parents and guardians.

“Within this year alone, we have rescued 16 children from where they were being used for hard labour. When they are supposed to be in school, they would be washing plates, doing sorts of work and probably will be the last to go to bed.

“The sad thing is that people are going beyond child labour, they are using them for prostitution. We will keep fighting this until we record all round success.

“When children are trafficked, they are transported illegally and they are subjected to inhuman treatment because they know they can’t come out.”

The visiting family (the Boots) who were were led by the Director, Social Welfare in Ekiti, Dr Ayodele Ibikunle had adopted two children, Joshua, 18, and Victor, 14, in Ekiti in October 13, 2015 and had brought the boys home to see their parents in Ikere Ekiti town.

While Dr Ibikunle stated that about 60 children had been adopted from Ekiti state in total and taken to the Netherland and Sweden, Mrs Talabi expressed delight over the Boots’ visit, noting that it would help in erasing some of the misgivings about the adoption of children.

Child Trafficking: Rescued Children Return Home

Child Trafficking: Security Rescue 145 Minors In JosThe 145 children rescued by security agents in Jos, north-central region of Nigeria, have been taken back to Bauchi State for onward reunion with their families through the state government.

Plateau State Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Development, Mrs Rufina Gurumyen, told Channels Television that the children were returned to Bauchi State, as directed by the magistrate handling the matter after they had spent over a week in the custody of the Plateau State Police Command.

On January 12, security operatives with the special task force, Operation Safe Haven impounded two trucks conveying 145 children all male and under 10 years old.

The minors were thereafter transferred to the Plateau State Police Command for custody while the drivers of the vehicles, including the assistants and the instructors accompanying the children were charged for various offences.

In compliance with the Magistrate Court’s directives, the accused are to be remanded in prison while investigations on the matter continue.

The court also ordered the return of the children to where they were picked to reunite with their families.

The Plateau State government thereafter, provided buses that conveyed the children to Bauchi State where they were handed over to the state government for onward deliverance to their families.

The security operatives and the governments of Plateau and Bauchi States in collaboration with Jama’atu Nasir Islam facilitated the arrangements for the reconciliation of the children and their families, with a view to curbing future occurrence.

Child Trafficking: Security Operatives Rescue Minors In Jos

Child Trafficking: Security Rescue 145 Minors In JosSome children believed to be victims of human trafficking have been rescued by security operatives in Jos, the Plateau State capital.

The rescue was made after two trucks conveying the minors were intercepted by the security agents at a check point.

The children – all male and within the age range of four to eight years – were rescued by members of the Special Task Force, Operation Safe Haven.

The spokesman for the Plateau State Police Command, Mr Mathias Tyopev, told Channels Television that they were being transported from other states to states within the north central region, with Plateau as a major route.

“On Thursday January 12, 2017 the special task force, Sector Two, located opposite University of Jos, intercepted two trucks conveying 135 children from Bauchi and Jigawa states to Plateau, Kaduna and Nassarawa states.

“Our investigations further reveals that these children who are all male were to be taken to places where the three mallams, who were coordinating the movement, have not even visited,” he said.

Channels Television’s correspondent discovered that the children were being transported in a truck ordinarily meant to carry farm produce such as grains, animals and other goods across the states.

It was converted to convey the minors under harsh and unfavourable weather conditions in which the children were stacked alongside grains without any comfort for such long distance journey.

Since their rescue, the children have been in the custody of the Nigeria Police at their headquarters in Jos, while investigation into the matter continues.

They were seen with the Plateau State Police Commissioner, Mr Peter Ogunyanwo, who was supervising the distribution of food and other welfare materials to them.

The suspects, comprising two drivers, eight conductors and three accompanying instructors are still in the custody of the Police and they have been providing information about how they came about the children and their destination.

The Police say it would soon embark on the process of establishing contact with the state governments of Jigawa and Bauchi for the return of the children to their parents.

Police Rescue, Return Four-Year-Old Boy To Parents

Police Rescue, Return Four-Year-Old Boy To ParentsThe Police in Abia state say their intelligence-led policing and visibility policing have led to the arrest two suspects involved in stealing and trafficking of a four-year-old boy.

The CP Adeleye who returned the boy to the parents, frowned at the spate of child stealing which he described as a crime against humanity.

At the parade of the suspected child traffickers at the officer mess, Umuahia, the Commissioner of Police, Adeleye Oyebade disclosed that there is no hideout in the state for such criminals and urged the public to seek out the proper and conventional adoption services.

“I have said it, that there are crime that are against inhumanity, child trafficking, child selling, baby factories, are crimes that you do not want to hear about because they are demeaning and done out of wickedness,

“But the police command in Abia are going to fight them until the perpetrators desist from such act.Police Rescue, Return Four-Year-Old Boy To Parents

“I want to urge all parents to monitor their children to ensure that the care given to them would be such that there would be no temptation whatsoever to sell or buy the children under whatever circumstance

“I want to warn that I will not close my eyes to such criminal act and I have directed the officers of the command to apprehend anybody involved. Enough is enough.

“Follow the right procedure, go to the adoption services if you need a child,” he said,” he said.

Meanwhile, it was all tears for the one of the suspect, a 50-year-old Mrs Chioma Ohajimmadu who lamented that she had two girls and desperately wanted a boy by all means.

The Abia State Police Command in its  determination to rid the state of criminals says it has adopted strategies aimed at facilitating its position on crime management, the implementation of which have assisted the police command in the performance of its constitutional duties.