The Nigeria Police Force, Kwara state command, have arrested three suspected human traffickers and rescued at least 41 children.
In a statement, the command spokesman, Okasanmi Ajayi said a detachment of policemen on special security assignment intercepted the trio of Musa Ayuba, Jeremiah Muda, and Luka Ayuba, all of Bangi village via Kontagora, Niger State.
According to the statement, the suspects were intercepted on Okolowo, Ilorin-Jebba road with 41 young boys and girls (22 boys and 19 girls), with their ages ranging between 5 and 15 years. They were reportedly waiting for a lorry that was to convey them to their destination in Ilorin before they were stopped in their tracks.
During interrogation, the three suspected traffickers claimed they were on their way from Niger State to Ilorin to meet a pastor who was to enroll the children in a yet-to-be-determined school, the statement said.
It advised parents and guardians to be more vigilant and refrain from releasing their children to unknown or deceitful persons, adding that the children might be used as house helps or other “despicable endeavors”, contrary to the child rights laws.
It also hinted that the suspects will be charge to court as soon as investigations are concluded.
Writing by Ali Rabiu; Editing by Fany Olumoye, Abdullahi Lamino and Tony Okerafor