Child Traffickers Caught By Nigerian Army Recruiting Children For Islamic Education

The NAPTIP - National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons,
began an investigation on the trafficking of 67 children from the Northern part of the country.
Children of ages between 10 - 14 were seen in three different operations by The Nigerian Army and the Nigerian polices locations around Nasarawa State.

In the first interception the Nigerian Army during a Routine check on firday 20th january found 22 children and rescued them from a suspected child trafficker along Nasarawa-Abuja road in a a seven-seater toyota bus and were said to be heading to Nasarawa from Minna Niger state.
Looking at the victimized children they were dressed shabbily and could neither speak English nor understand it.
it was also revealed that they were recruited for Islamic education mission in Nasarawa.
Two recruiters were also arrested.

Also on Thursday 26th January 2017 another batch of 13 children and suspects were intercepted by the Police in Nassarawa State and handed over to NAPTIP for investigation.

Barely 72 hours after the interception, on Monday 23rd January, 2017 men of the Nigerian Police Force on routine patrol along the same Abuja–Nasarawa road, intercepted another 18-seater commercial bus loaded with 32 children of the same age bracket as the first case. Investigation revealed that their mission and destination were the same. Two persons suspected to the recruiters were also arrested.

All the 67 children are presently at the Shelter of the Agency awaiting the arrival of their parents who have been contacted as parts of the investigation procedure.

Speaking on the incidents, Acting Director–General of the Agency, Mr. Abdulrazak Dangiri, expressed sadness over the development adding that it is a strange and disturbing phenomenon that requires attention of all Nigerians.

He however, warned parents against giving their children out under questionable situations.

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