By Kolawole Olayinka, Abeokuta
Thirty children and teenagers from Ikwo Local Government Area of Ebonyi State have been rescued from human traffickers in Ogun State.
This was contained in a statement signed by Abimbola Oyeyemi, Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Ogun State, Police Command on Sunday.
The member representing Ikwo/Ezza South Federal Constituency in the National Assembly, Chinedu Ogah, in conjunction with the Lagos branch of Ikwo Development Union (IDU) rescued the children.
According to him, a video had gone viral of some of the children showing marks and injuries they allegedly suffered at the hands of a man named Jeremiah Morris, a kinsman who allegedly took them to Ogun State and forced them to hawk for him.
The video got to the union and the lawmaker who pooled resources together and sent a team to Ogun State to rescue the children.
Secretary of Ikwo Development Union, Lagos Branch, Imeba Igwe, who led the rescue mission, said some of them had left their villages in Ikwọ because of the incessant communal clashes in their area.
The IDU Secretary also said the suspected trafficker, Jeremiah, had been arrested and was in police custody.
He said: “This is a difficult situation. The children we met are about 30 in number and between 12 and 13 years of age, and some others under Ogun State police custody are said to be between 18 and 20 years old.”