Prince Arrested While En Route With Victims Of Human Trafficking
A Benue Prince, accused of trafficking 23 people from Buruku Local Government Area of the state to Kwara has been arrested by the Benue State Police Command.
The State Commissioner of Police, Fatai Owoseni, who made this known on Wednesday, said that the Prince, identified as Messenger Tar, was caught while conveying the 23 people out of the state in an 18-seater bus, Daily Post revealed.
Fatai Owoseni said that a team of policemen on routine patrol stopped the vehicle on Easter Sunday around the Buruku area on suspicion that the victims who are between the ages of 12 and 47 were being transported illegally for trafficking purposes.
According to him, “investigation revealed that the victims were lured by the suspect on promises of providing them with jobs at Kiama in Kwara State but they were actually going to be taken outside the country to Niger for exploitation.
“The victims would be handed over to their parents/guardians while the suspected trafficker will face the law.”
The suspect who spoke to newsmen after being paraded denied that he was trafficking the people for exploitation. He claimed that the other victims were only going to join their relatives living in Kwara state.