The Nigeria Police Force has nabbed two suspected human traffickers, Ejiofor Izuchukwu and Nzube Okafor, attempting to traffic 10 girls to Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
The Assistance Inspector-General of Police in charge of the Force Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department, Alagbon, Ikoyi, Lagos State, Usman Belel, made this known on Friday, saying the victims were rescued in the Republic of Benin, following an intelligence report received from a non-governmental organisation through the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department, Panti, Yaba, Lagos.
He said, “On August 8, 2021, the bureau received an intelligence report from a non-governmental organisation through the Nigeria Police Force State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department, Panti, Yaba, Lagos, that 10 girls were about to be trafficked to Dubai, UAE, through Cotonou and were lodged at NIS Hotel, near Scoa Gbeto, Cotonou, Republic of Benin, preparatory for their departure.
“The National Centre Bureau, Abuja, INTETPOL, was able to inform our counterpart at NCB in Cotonou, who swung into action and apprehended two suspects, rescued the 10 girls and repatriated them to Nigeria. The names of the suspects are, Ejiofor Izuvhukwu and Nzube Okafor. The rescued victims are, Gold Uwaifor, 13; Ella Moses, 21; Abigail Onyenweaku, 26; Alex Destiny, 21; Ebri Ikpi, 23; Samuel Igwe, 24; Debby Noyogiere, 23; Eneh Inalegwu, 21; Akuchi Nndubuisi, 32; Happiness Ndukwe, 25.”
The AIG added that, in the course of the investigation, it was discovered that the traffickers belonged to a syndicate based in Dubai, with some agents in Nigeria and Cotonou.
“They (suspects) were able to secure some of the victims’ passports from Nigeria while others were obtained from the Republic of Benin with the assistance of some immigration officers who backdated the stamp on their passports to fulfil the two weeks quarantine period despite their arrival at the Republic of Benin some days before their rescue. They were scheduled to be airlifted on August 19, 2021, to Dubai. On this note, the 10 girls are hereby handed over to the National Agency for the Protection of Trafficking in Persons for further actions while the INTERPOL assists the agency in locating and arresting other members of the syndicate in their countries of residence,” he added.