Lagos state police have captured several unscrupulous individuals who run a child trafficking ring in the state. These individuals are involved in the criminal activity of trafficking physically challenged children from the northern part of Nigeria to Lagos, to beg for alms from unsuspecting residents of the state.
Arrests were made after an investigation by operatives of the Rapid Response Squad (RRS) documented the nefarious activities of members of this child trafficking ring on a mobile CCTV camera placed at Mobolaji Bank Anthony Way, Ikeja.
Security operatives discovered that these physically challenged children are taken to Mobolaji Bank Anthony Way, Ikeja, before dawn and are immediately put to work as beggars, along the highway. At noon, these children are fed by a woman. Furthermore these children have several guides who monitor their begging and take the proceeds gathered from alms. At the end of the day the ring leader of this child trafficking syndicate takes the money from these guides.
After investigations, the following men were apprehended: Sani Ishaku (40), Abubakar Gahu (50), Abdullahi Mohammed (45) Nasiru Yusman (27), Mato Abdullahi (20), Sagiru Ibrahim (26). The sum of Twelve Thousand, Seven Hundred and Sixty Naira only was recovered (N12,760) at the time of the arrest.
Several physically challenged children were also rescued by security operatives: Nura Idris (17), Ayuba Idris (14), Aminu Magaji and a young girl, Amina Kabir.
Speaking with the press, on Wednesday, 6th June 2018, the Commissioner of Police in Lagos state, Edgal Imohimi reiterated the fact it is a serious offence to knowingly use children for criminal activities. Thus the child trafficking ring will face the full force of the law. He also went further to say the minors rescued by the police will be rehabilitated.