ABAKALIKI – Police in Ebonyi State have rescued 32 trafficked victims in Ebonyi state.
Briefing journalists on Friday, in Abakaliki, the State Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Loveth Odah, explained that a preliminary investigation revealed that a manager of a company identified as “NEO Life” was involved in the trafficking.
According to Odah, preliminary investigation revealed that the children are trafficked from different parts of the country and are being used for forced labour and sexual exploitation in the name of networking/hawking NEO Life company products at their hideout in Okposi Umuaghara, Ezza South local government area of Ebonyi state.
The police spokesman said the arrested suspects had made a useful statement to the police which led to the arrest of two of their gang members at their hideout.
“Among those arrested were one Nwagboduhu Ekene, aged 20 years; and Nwaoko Godwin, aged 24 years; and the 32 trafficked underaged children were rescued from them who are indigenes of Ebonyi, Enugu, Imo, Anambra, Akwa Ibom, Cross River, Benue, Abia and Rivers states, but one Chidera Nwankwo was not among those rescued here in the state,” Odah said.
She noted that police got to know about it on January 7, 2022, at about 9:30 hrs, when a case of a missing person was reported by Mrs Nwankwo Ijeoma of Uterufie village in Ebonyi local government area of Ebonyi State, who reported that her daughter Nwankwo Chidera, aged 14 years, left home to an unknown destination.