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Nigerian teenage girls ‘trafficked for prostitution’ rescued in Ghana

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Nigerian teenage girls ‘trafficked for prostitution’ rescued in Ghana

Abike Dabiri-Erewa, chairperson of the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NiDCOM), says over 10 teenage girls trafficked to Ghana have been rescued.

In a series of videos that went viral on Twitter on Friday, the young girls between the ages of 15 and 18 were said to have been lured into prostitution in Ghana.

They were reportedly rescued by the Nigerians in Diaspora Organisation (NIDO).

Reacting to the development, Dabiri-Erewa said the suspected trafficker has been arrested by law enforcement officers in Ghana.

“These are young girls trafficked to Ghana for prostitution. We thank Chief Callistus, chairman, of NIDO Ghana for ensuring the arrest of the evil perpetrators,” she wrote on X.

The NiDCOM chair said the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) will take up the case.

Earlier this month, Fatima Waziri-Azi, director-general (DG) of NAPTIP, said some orphanages in the country are under investigation over infractions that can be categorised as human trafficking.

In April, troops of the Nigerian Army in Lagos arrested a suspected human trafficker identified as Olushola Areke.

The suspect was accused of kidnapping one Fayoke Kunle, a 22-year-old girl.

Source: TheCable

 

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NDLEA seizes 7,149 kg of drugs in Nasarawa

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The Nasarawa State Command of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency says it has seized a total of 7,149 Kilograms of hard drugs between July 2023 and June 2024.

The State Commander of the NDLEA, Peter Onche-Odaudu, disclosed this to newsmen on Thursday during a press briefing as part of week-long activities to mark the International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking in Lafia.

According to the commander, the arduous task of checking the menace of drug abuse and Illicit trafficking, despite daunting challenges of logistics and paucity of funds yielded modest achievements within the months under review.

Onche-Odaudu gave the breakdown of the seizure to include: cannabis sativa 7,037.2 kg; Cocaine, 0.011 kg, methamphetamine, 0.185 kg, while sundry psychotropic substances accounted for 111.534 kg.

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He explained that the United Nations had set aside June 26 annually to be marked by member nations; noting that this year’s theme tagged, “The Evidence is Clear: Invest in Prevention,” was apt as it emphasised that prevention is better than cure in the issues of drug abuse.

He said, “To commemorate this day in the Nasarawa State Command, a couple of activities have been lined up including an advocacy walk starting from Lafia Square and ending at the Lafia stadium, and the grand finale will be held on June 26 at the Conference Room of the Federal Secretariat, Lafia.”

He added that the command would take anti-drug sensitisation campaigns to the GSM Village, Lafia, and the Lafia Custodial Centre by next week Monday and Tuesday.

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While expressing his gratitude to Governor Abdullahi Sule for the huge contributions given to the command thus far, Onche-Odaudu appreciated the support of journalists, sister security agencies and other stakeholders in the state for joining the command in the war against drug abuse.

Source: The Punch

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Gunmen abduct pregnant woman in Ogun

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There was tension on Monday night when gunmen invaded Bmuko, a community at Dutse Baupma in Bwari Area Council of the Federal Capital

A pregnant woman simply identified as Mrs Ogunbunmi has reportedly been kidnapped by unidentified armed men in Ogun State.

Mrs Ogunbunmi, who was said to be due for delivery, reportedly left her home in Oke Lantoro for the State General Hospital, Ijaiye, Abeokuta before her reported abduction on a date not disclosed.

Our correspondent learnt that her husband, Ogunbunmi Lateef, received a WhatsApp message notifying him of his wife’s kidnapping by these abductors.

Confirming the incident, on Thursday in a statement on her X handle formerly called Twitter, the spokesperson for the state police command, Omolola Odutola, said the suspected abduction had been reported to the command.

Odutola stated, “One Ogunbunmi Lateef of Oke Lantoro reported that his pregnant wife due for delivery left home for State Hospital Ijaiye Abeokuta.

“He received a WhatsApp message confirming the abduction of his wife by unknown armed men”.

Source: The Punch

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FUNAAB students protest colleague’s death, poor healthcare

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The students of the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, have protested the death of their colleague, Ifeoluwa Ayodele, and what they described as the poor healthcare services in the school’s medical centre, which they alleged triggered the student’s death.

PUNCH Metro gathered that the deceased student, a 100-level student of Agricultural Economics and Farm Management, who was allegedly suffering from asthma, was rushed to the health centre on Wednesday for treatment but died in the consulting room.

While the circumstances surrounding Ayodele’s death are not ascertained, the angry students stormed the campus gate on Thursday in their numbers for a demonstration over the state of the university’s medical centre.

According to a student, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, the deceased’s treatment was delayed by the health officers on duty because he could not provide an identity card.

The student said this was part of the reasons why the protest was staged, to advocate a better and restructured healthcare system on campus.

“The staff members’ negligence is irritating. They would not attend to you as fast as they should. The boy got there around 1 p.m.; they delayed him until 6:50 pm and he was proclaimed dead around 10 pm. It was because he did not take his ID card along, so they did not attend to him fast. What we are advocating is change.

“This makes it the third similar occurrence in three months as a result of their negligence and poor service delivery,” the student said.

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When PUNCH Metro contacted the university’s Students’ Union President, Meshack Nwankwo, on Thursday, he said the protest was primarily about the poor service of the health centre and disclosed that his statement was based on the accounts of eyewitnesses and those who rushed the deceased to the hospital.

“Most of what we protested against was the poor service of the clinic. We just want a change. Ayodele was unconscious when he was taken to the medical centre and when they checked his pulse, they discovered that he had died.

“The protest was only for the health centre to be standardised and their services to be improved. I will not say the boy died due to negligence from the medical centre, but according to the person who took him there, the three nurses who were on duty attended to him. They later found out that he was dead,” Nwankwo said.

In a video clip obtained by our correspondent, the Vice Chancellor, Olusola Kehinde, while addressing the protesters, revealed that he came back from the health centre with a verifiable account.

Kehinde said the deceased was brought in dead, and the staff members tried to resuscitate him, but their efforts were abortive.

“His friends got to the health centre and when they saw the patient gasping for breath, they put a spoon in his mouth and poured water on him. When they took his corpse to the FMC, they told them that they should not have poured water on him.

“They brought him to the hospital, there were two nurses, a doctor, and the people there brought him into the doctor’s consulting room. I spoke to the matron and doctor this morning, and they said that they checked his pulse and found that there was no pulse; they checked his heartbeat, and there was no beat. The eye was already dilated, and immediately the doctor told the nurse that this was dead on arrival.”

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The VC said the doctor told the nurse not to inform those who brought him because of shock, so they were told to get a card noting that after they left, they locked the consulting room door and tried to resuscitate the boy, but it was to no avail.

Source: The Punch

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Trailer crushes four to death in Abuja

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Eight persons have died in a road accident in the Aloma community of Ofu Local Government Area of Kogi State.

No fewer than four persons were crushed to death and several others injured yesterday in Nyanyan, a suburb of Abuja after an articulated vehicle laden with bags of fertilizer plowed into an Honda Accord car and mangled it beyond recognition. All the four occupants of the car were killed instantly.

Eye witnesses said the tragedy, which caused a gridlock on the Abuja-Keffi Road, occurred after the trailer suffered a break system failure and lost control while descending the Kugbo Hill.

As a result it smashed all the vehicles on his path until it squeezed the Honda Accord car near the pedestrian bridge at Nyanyan before coming to a halt.

The bodies of the four occupants of the car were dismembered, while the passengers in other affected cars sustained various degrees of injury.

Bodily parts also littered the spot where the accident happened.

Operatives from Federal Road Safety Corps and other responders rushed to the scene to rescue and pull out the persons trapped in the mangled vehicle.

Their humanitarian operation continued late into last night as they were still making frantic efforts to rip apart the mangled car to enable them recover the crushed remains of victims.

Source: This Day

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Police arrest airport taxi passenger for attempted car snatching

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The Police Command in Lagos State has said it arrested a 35-year-old passenger, who attempted to snatch an airport taxi from its driver.

The spokesperson for the command, Benjamin Hundeyin, confirmed the arrest to newsmen on Wednesday in Lagos.

Hundeyin said that the case was reported to the Alausa Police Division on June 11 at about 1:40 a.m., by the taxi driver.

He explained that the driver said that at about 1:20 a.m., on June 11, while on driving service at the Chevron area of Ajah, he was stopped by the suspect, pretending to be a passenger.

He quoted the taxi driver as saying that the suspect requested that he take him to the Shrine in Agidigbi, Alausa area of Ikeja, and on conclusion on the fare, they both started the journey to the destination.

“On getting to the Mobolaji Bank Anthony Way, by 7UP Alausa Ikeja, the suspect, who was sitting beside him suddenly brought out a knife from his bag and attacked him in an attempt to snatch his Toyota Camry car.

“In the process, the driver sustained a deep knife cut on his hand while trying to struggle with the suspect.

“He quickly raised an alarm, and some good Nigerians came to his rescue, while the suspect took to his heels.

”However, after a hot chase, he was later arrested by the Anti-Crime team of the Alausa police division,” he said.

Hundeyin said that the suspect was taken to the station with the car as an exhibit, while investigation was ongoing.

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He said in another development, a 28-year-old man, who had been parading himself as military personnel with the uniform of his friend serving in Maiduguri, was arrested for impersonation.

Hundeyin said that the fake soldier was arrested last Friday at about 5:45 p.m., by operatives from Ilemba Hausa Division, while on Surveillance patrol at Jinadu Street, Ajangbadi.

He said that the suspect was fully dressed in complete army camouflage uniform and riding a black unregistered motorcycle when he was arrested.

The spokesperson said that on sighting the policemen, the suspect abandoned the motorcycle and took to his heels but the officers gave him a chase and arrested him.

“Preliminary investigation revealed that the suspect is not a soldier and the army camouflage uniform belongs to his friend, who is a military personnel serving in Maiduguri,” he said.

Source: The Punch

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Couple, accomplice arrested for alleged human trafficking in Anambra

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Couple, accomplice arrested for alleged human trafficking in Anambra

Anambra State Government through the Ministry of Women and Social Welfare has handed a couple and an accomplice to the police over alleged human trafficking in Ifitedunu, Dunukofia Local Government Area of the state.

This was made known in a statement by the media aide to the Women Affairs Commissioner, Chidinma Ikeanyionwu, on Facebook on Tuesday.

According to the statement, the arrest was made possible after the community chairman, Mr Arinzechukwu Azodo, notified the Women Affairs Commissioner, Ify Obinabo, about a suspected trafficking incident in the community.

According to Mr Azodo, he was alerted by his team commander over a report of suspected trafficking taking place in the community and quickly informed the commissioner, who instructed him to arrest the suspects.

Upon arrest, it was discovered that the suspects were about to seal a deal worth one million naira.

One of the suspects, Ebere, confessed that she was approached by another suspect, Temple Nwankwo, who offered to sell her twin baby.

Ebere claimed she agreed to partner with Temple and link her up with a prospective buyer. However, Temple denied any involvement in the alleged transaction.

The statement said, “Ebere said she accepted to partner with her and went further to link her up to a prospective buyer who needed a male child urgently. Ebere in her confession said that after their negotiation, they agreed to meet at Oye Agu to further seal the transaction but instead, Temple requested an instant payment of one million naira in her account which the buyer objected to because he hadn’t seen the baby in question which brought disagreement among them before Temple changed her mind and left them.

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“On the alleged seller’s part, Temple Nwankwo from Enugu State but resident at Ifitedunu, she denied ever having to be in any type of business with Ebere but explained that she only reconnected with her when she was four months pregnant. Temple in her defence said it was Ebere who actually asked for her help in getting a male child because she’s not been able to have a child of her own.

“Temple in her confession said, after Ebere made the request, she warned her to never involve her in such and that since that day, Ebere has been coming to her house in her absence meeting her daughter even after her several warnings to her.

The investigation revealed that Temple had been accused of human trafficking by some community members, who claimed that she and her husband, Ndubuisi Nwankwo, were involved in the business. When questioned about the whereabouts of her two children, Temple claimed they were dead, but her story raised suspicions.

The statement added, “It will interest you to know that, some members of the community alleged that Temple is into the trafficking business with her husband Ndubuisi Nwankwo as an accomplice because they have not seen some of her children for a very long time.

“When the couple were asked the whereabouts of the two kids, they claimed that they were dead but when asked about the people present when they were buried, they stated no one has ever been around to witness the burial of the two children.

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“It was at this point that the Honourable Commissioner for Women and Social Welfare Anambra, Obinabo, who was visibly sad over the incident, handed them over to the police for investigation and prosecution.”

The Commissioner for Women and Social Welfare, Obinabo, handed the suspects over to the police for investigation and prosecution, reiterating the state government’s commitment to ending human trafficking.

She urged the public to be vigilant and report any suspicious activities to the ministry.

Source: The PUNCH

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