The Benue State Command of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps has arrested a suspected human trafficker with six girls being prepared for trafficking.
The suspect, Mnena Kwaghmande, was reportedly intercepted in the Gboko area of Benue on January 5, 2022, with the victims, all ready to travel to Burkina Faso.
The state Commandant of the corps, Dr Philip Okoh, who paraded the suspect and the victims, said Kwaghmande claimed to have told the victims’ parents that they would be helping her in her restaurant in Burkina Faso.
The girls were reportedly picked from the Vandeikya Local Government Area of the state.
Okoh said, “We have a seasoned trafficker who goes about luring unsuspecting parents by convincing them that they were going abroad for greener pastures. Investigation has revealed that they were taking them to Burkina Faso. We did this operation in conjunction with NAPTIP.”
He cautioned parents against releasing their children to people who promised greener pastures abroad.
Our correspondent observed that the victims were between 16 and 20 years of age.