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NAPTIP rescues 21 children trafficked from Kaduna, arrests suspect

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Ibrahim Ramalan is a graduate of Mass Communications from the Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) Zaria. With nearly a decade-long, active journalism practice, Mr Ramalan has been able to rise from a cub reporter to the exalted position of an editor; first as Arts Editor with the Blueprint Newspapers before resigning in 2019; second and presently as an Associate Editor of the Daily Nigerian online newspaper. He can be reached via [email protected], or www.facebook.com/ibrahim.ramalana, or @McRamalan on Twitter.
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The National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons, NAPTIP, has rescued 21 children of Kaduna State origin on their way to Nasarawa State for labour exploitation.

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The NAPTIP Head of Press and Public Relations Unit, Stella Nezan, in a statement on Monday, said the children whose ages range from 6 – 15 years were intercepted at the Bwari area council of the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, by military personnel at a military checkpoint.

According to the statement, the children were cramped in a white coloured old J5 vehicle with registration number Lagos XT 472 GGE without windows.

“The vehicle, according to the suspect, is used for carrying tomatoes. By the time the children were rescued, they were weak and tired without face masks and other protective equipment from COVID-19.

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“The driver of the vehicle Bala Ibrahim, who is the prime suspect, is being interrogated by the investigators,” the statement noted.

Mrs Nezan quoted the NAPTIP Director-General, Imaan Sulaiman-Ibrahim, as advising parents to be wary of those they leave their children with in view of the increasing cases of human trafficking across the globe.

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