A middle-age man, Monday Ugbo, has been arrested by the operatives of the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) from the Benin Zonal Command, for alleged child trafficking.
Three victims were also rescued from his residence located at number 72 Osayande Street, Upper Sakponba Road, Benin City, Edo State. Operatives of the agency have been on the trail of the suspect for several weeks, following regular mention of his name in a number of human trafficking cases being handled by the Edo State Zonal Command of the agency .
Acting on intelligence reports that the suspect was harbouring some girls in his house in preparatory to their movement abroad, operatives swooped on the notorious trafficker in the early hours of Friday and caught him in the process of collecting the registration fee of N50,000, the amount he had demanded from each victim.
Preliminary investigations revealed that he was also preparing to take the three girls to a river that morning for oath taking before embarking on the journey to Europe with the girls .
A source at NAPTIP said Ugbo, who claimed to be a bricklayer has been in the business of human trafficking for a long time and operates with another woman currently at large
Reacting, NAPTIP Director-General, Barrister Julie Okah-Donlicommended the operatives for apprehending the suspect. She stated that there is no hiding place for human traffickers as the agency and her partners have resolved to collaborate more appropriately in stopping more Nigerian from trafficking fellow citizens