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Child trafficking: Three Babies Rescued, 16 Suspects Arrested

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In a case involving allegations of child trafficking and criminal conspiracy, the Police Command in Gombe State reports that it has rescued three infants and detained sixteen individuals.

This was said by ASP Mahid Abubakar, the command’s Police Public Relations Officer, or PPRO, at a briefing with media on behalf of Commissioner of Police Hayatu Usman on Wednesday in Gombe.

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According to Abubakar, the case was registered over the weekend in response to an intelligence report from the Gombe State community of Barunde.

According to him, two kids were trafficked out of the state, while three newborns were saved from the suspects inside the state.

He claims that one of the babies that were trafficked is currently in Lagos and that the other can be found in Anambra.

He said that attempts were on to locate and bring the other two infants back to the state.

According to Abubakar, the investigation revealed that one of the infants was purportedly sold for N400,000.

In cooperation with a state social worker, he said the child was sold to a buyer inside the state.

According to him, the suspects ran what amounted to a “baby factory,” keeping their victims in one place and selling the infants as soon as they were born.

The command got an intelligence report on one of the parents who allegedly sold their child to human traffickers, the police official said.

“After receiving an intelligence tip from the Barunde community over the weekend, one Khadija Manzo and fifteen other people were arrested in connection with a criminal conspiracy and child trafficking.

The fact that one Khadija Manzo and fifteen other people were engaged in the sale of newborns to those in need at some point last year.

He said, “Detectives from the Lowcost Division investigated after receiving the report, and as a result, Manzo and other suspects were taken into custody.”

 

Credit: Dailypost

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