Six children and an expectant teenage mother were rescued from child traffickers who had been apprehended at Eziachi in the Orlu Local Government Area of Imo State by representatives of the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) and members of the 34 Artillery Brigade Obinze.
Nneka Nwogu, the ministry’s information officer, said that the victims were freed from a network of human traffickers who kidnapped and sold them to Mrs. Favour Amaegbulam, an assistant nurse in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.
A fifth child was recovered from a lady posing as the child’s mother while the main suspect, Joy Duru, was captured with four children.
“One of the sold children has been recovered and handed over to her biological parents and efforts are being made to recover another child which the suspect confessed to have sold to a family in Port Harcourt.”
An expectant teenager and an infant were also rescued from an orphanage belonging to the syndicate that buys the children.
Nwogu added that Imo State Commander of NAPTIP, Mr. Ernest Ogbu, has handed over the six children and the expectant mum to the Commissioner for Women Affairs and Vulnerable Groups, Lady Nkechinyere Ugwu.