A human trafficking syndicate notorious for recruiting pregnant women and buying their babies at the rate of N150,000 after delivery has been busted in Makurdi, the capital of Benue State.
Catherine Anene, spokesperson for Benue Police Command, disclosed this in a statement, adding the syndicate, a group of four child traffickers, led by one Friday, had been arrested at North Bank area where they were operating.
The police spokesperson revealed that the suspects have confessed to recruiting “pregnant girls” and pay them after delivering a baby.
“They were paid one hundred and fifty thousand naira for each pregnancy that was delivered.”
Anene said the arrest was made possible through intel provided to the command.
“Following information about a syndicate of Child Traffickers operating around Internally Displaced Persons camp at Northbank and other parts of Makurdi, surveillance was intensified in these areas and the following persons were arrested in connection with the offence; one Friday, the Kingpins wife and accomplice, Stephen Terungwa, Sughter Akegh and Atom Gideon.”
Anene further advised parents to take the safety of their children as a priority, especially during the school holidays.