More than 300 children from Benue State have been rescued from human traffickers by the Quick Response Group Team (QRP) of Nigeria Army along Itobe-Ajaokuta and Okene road.
Parading the children in Lokoja at the Weekend, Major General Alphonsus Chukwu told journalists that the vehicles transporting the children was intercepted along Itope – Ajaokuta – Lagos road by the Quick Response Group (QRG) of his command during a stop and search operation.
He said the children, who are between ages 10 and 15, and both male and female were heading to Lagos, Ogun, Oyo, Ondo and Ekiti for holiday jobs, saying that they were however not coherent in their explanations.
One of the officers, who spoke to our reporter in confidence, said they stopped the buses when they discovered that the vehicles were carry many children, saying that they boarded the buses at parks in Benue and that agents who would receive them were already waiting for them in their destination.
On Friday last week one Mr. Sunday Agbo from Benue State was arrested with 10 children by a task force along the same route. Sunday had during interrogation confessed to have been trafficking children close to a decade and that he was an agent to a woman in Lagos.
He said he was trafficking children with the consent of their parents who are being paid N5, 000 per child with the promise of helping them secure job as maids in Lagos and other state.