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NDLEA rescues five pregnant “victims of child trafficking” in Imo



NDLEA rescues five pregnant "victims of child trafficking" in Imo

National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA has intercepted some suspected victims of child trafficking in Imo state.

The drug agency spokesperson, Femi Babafemi, while speaking on Sunday, noted that the operatives made the interception while on patrol along Aba-Owerri expressway on Wednesday.

Giving more details of the agency’s recent activities and achievements, Babafemi disclosed that the girls were suspected to be victims of child trafficking.

According to him, the underaged victims were picked up while being relocated from their hideout in the Naze area of Owerri, the state capital to another part of the city.

Babafemi identified the victims as Chioma Emmanuel, 15; Uma Faith, 15; Divine Adimonye, 17; Opara Gift, 15; and Amarachi Mbata, 16.

“In their statements, they claimed they didn’t know the men who impregnated them,” he added.

“The Imo state command of the agency has since been directed to hand them over to the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons, NAPTIP, for further investigations.”

Babafemi from the agency reported the arrest of a passenger named Ugwu Peter Tochukwu at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport. He was traveling to Oman on a Qatar Airways flight.

“Upon a thorough search of his luggage, 7.50 kilograms of skunk were discovered concealed inside crayfish mixed with dry bitter leaf,” Babafemi said.

“In the same vein, NDLEA officers of the Directorate of Operations and General Investigations attached to some courier companies also intercepted Dubai-bound 2.9 kilograms of skunk and 14 grams of methamphetamine concealed in bags of semovita and soles of ladies’ high heel shoes respectively.”

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