The Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps’ Benue State Command apprehended a suspected human trafficker with six young girls she had already planned to traffick abroad.
On January 5, 2022, the suspect, Mnena Kwaghmande, was apprehended in the Gboko area of Benue State, with the victims all prepared to fly to Burkina Faso.
The State Commandant of the Defense Corps, Dr Philip Okoh who paraded the suspect and the victims, stated that the suspect, when interviewed, claimed to have told the parents of the young girls that they would be helping her in her restaurant in Burkina Faso.
The girls were apparently chosen from the state’s Vandeikya Local Government Area.
The Commandant said, “We are showing to the public what we have done so far in terms of securing Benue State and ensuring peace.
“Behind me, we have a seasoned trafficker who goes about luring unsuspecting parents through convincing them that they are going abroad for greener pastures.
“Investigation has revealed that they were taking them to Burkina Faso. We did this operation in conjunction with NAPTIP.
He did, however, warn parents against releasing their children to persons who promised greater pastures abroad, noting that many of these people have gotten themselves into difficulty.
Our correspondent reported that the victims ranged in age from 16 to 20 years.
The Command also displayed Iorchivir Caleb, a suspected POS armed robber who was apprehended with a locally-made pistol on January 7, this year, while attempting to rob a POS shop along George Akume Way in Makurdi, the state capital.