JTF Rescues 103 Children Suspected to Have Been Trafficked

20 vehicles conveying more than 103 children suspected to have been trafficked were on Sunday intercepted by members of the Joint Task Force (JTF) stationed in Lokoja, Kogi.

The JTF Commander, Lt-Col. Gabriel Olorunyomi, revealed this to newsmen in Lokoja on Sunday, saying that his men became curious when they discovered that the occupants of the vehicles were mostly children, accompanied by some men and women. The vehicles and the occupants had since been taken to the Army Records Headquarters in Lokoja, where they would be screened to ascertain their actual destination, he said.

According to Olrunyomi, 103 of the passengers were children with ages between 3 and 16 years, while 79 others were of 19 years to 53 years. He said that preliminary investigations revealed that the vehicles were conveying the passengers from different communities in Benue, Cross Rivers and Kogi. In his words, “Most of the passengers are from Obi, Oju and Gwer Local Government Areas of Benue, while the remaining few are from Iyala Local Government Area of Cross Rivers and Olamaboro Local Government Area of Kogi.’’

Interestingly, all the passengers gave the same reason of “looking for vacation jobs” in their various destinations of Ondo, Ekiti, Osun, Oyo, Ogun, Lagos and Edo states.