How Troops Apprehended Human Trafficker, Rescued Victim In Lagos

By Anne Osemekeh, Abuja

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Troops of 65 Bn Nigerian Army (NA) operating under the 81 Division NA, have successfully apprehended a human trafficker in Lagos.

Acting Deputy Director of the Army Public Relations, Lt. Col. Olabisi Ayeni, who disclosed this on Monday, said the arrested followed actionable intelligence.

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The suspect, identified as Mrs Olushola Areke, who was arrested in connection with human trafficking, was accused of kidnapping one Miss Fayoke Kunle, a 22-year-old daughter of Mrs Ainor Kunle.

Mrs. Kunle claimed she had voluntarily entrusted her daughter to the suspect, who had promised to secure employment for the young girl in Oshodi, Lagos.

However, instead of heading to Oshodi as promised, the suspect moved Miss Kunle to Kano, where the victim later discovered herself and overheard discussions about being transported to Libya. Miss Kunle courageously escaped from her captor and returned home on 23 April 2024.

The victim, Fayoke Kunle.

In response to this alarming report, troops reached out to Mrs Areke, offering to entrust more people to her for job opportunities. The suspect eagerly accepted the offer and was subsequently arrested at the designated meeting point, where she intended to pick up her supposed other victims.

Both the suspect and the victim have been handed over to the Ajah Police Command in Lagos for further investigation.



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