Rivers Police Bust Child Trafficking Syndicate

Ola ‘Kiya, Reporting

OPERATIVES of the Rivers State Police Command have busted a child trafficking syndicate operating in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital.

The operation, in a big catch, was executed by the C4i Intelligence Unit of the Command over the weekend while acting on a tip-off.

The team raided two buildings at Igwuruta and Omagwa communities both in the Ikwerre Local Government Area of the state where victims of child trafficking were being kept.

Stonix News reports that some of the victims are as young as 15 years old and are heavily pregnant while others are nursing infants.

They were lured with the promise of financial rewards depending on the sex of the baby they are delivered of.

One of the victims said she was promised N800,000 if she birthed a male child, and N700,000 for a female.

This position is corroborated by Peace, who is one of the four arrested suspects believed to be running the syndicate.

The suspect claimed she merely provided shelter and care for the pregnant girls in her home.

While speaking on the update, the police spokesperson in Rivers, Grace Iringe-Koko, said in the meantime, both the victims and suspects were in the custody of the CP Monitoring Unit.

She, however, added that they will soon be transferred to the State Criminal Investigation Department for further investigation.

Stonix News recalled that a child trafficking ring, run by an alleged fake reverend sister, was also busted in the state in 2022 and the children recovered and later reunited with their families.

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