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  • Updated: April 18, 2024

Fake reverend sister arrested for trafficking of 38 children

 Fake reverend sister arrested for trafficking of 38 childre

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The Edo Zonal Command of the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) apprehended an individual posing as a Reverend Sister for suspected involvement in trafficking 38 children in Delta State.

The NAPTIP Zonal Commander in Benin, Nduka Nwanwenne, confirmed this incident on Thursday. According to him, one of the suspects is now in custody.

It has been reported that the suspect, 40-year-old Ikejimba Maryvianney, also known as Oluchi, along with an accomplice named Chidera, who has not been found yet entrusted the children to two orphanages, purportedly to provide them with better care.

The children were handed over to the suspects by their parents at a farm community in Enugu-Awka camp by Monastery, Ilah, Delta State.

However, NwanwenneHe said the suspect claimed to be trained in Ghana as a Rev. sister while their headquarters is in the Philippines. She said she came to meet the parents and persuaded them to allow their children to follow them to their orphanage homes and that they would be given better care.

He added, “To convince the parents when they were handed over the first batch of the children, he said the suspects asked two of the parents to follow them to know the two orphanage homes the children would stay.

“32 of the children have been recovered by the agency while six who are between the ages of three and six years old are yet to be recovered The suspect claims that three of the six children are in Badagry while the other three are in Ogun State but later said they have been adopted by people in the East.”

According to him, the agency is actively pursuing the other suspect who remains at large, emphasizing that legal charges will be brought upon conclusion of the investigation.

He cautioned parents to stay vigilant and to always inquire thoroughly before entrusting their children to anyone.

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