Nigeria’s Rivers state police free 15 children abducted for trafficking

YENAGOA, Nigeria (Reuters) – Police in Nigeria’s Rivers state protected 15 kids who were snatched to be dealt, police said in a proclamation on Tuesday.

The kids, going from 4 years to 15 years of age, were found with a 44-year-elderly person professing to be a sister in the southern state in Nigeria’s Delta locale.

Police captured the lady, Maureen Wechinwu, and said they were attempting to rejoin the kids with their folks.

“Examination is continuous with the perspective on capturing different suspects connected for the situation,” Eboka Friday, Rivers state magistrate of police said in the explanation.

One protected nine-year-old kid had been taken from a market in October 2020 in adjoining Bayelsa state and had proactively been offered to a lady in Lagos and got back to Wechinwu, police said.

Illegal exploitation is normal in Nigeria, as per the U.S. State Department and non-benefit association Pathfinders Justice Initiative, with youngsters captured or constrained into homegrown work, sex work or other constrained work.

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