The Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), in Cross River State on Tuesday said it had arrested a 50-year-old woman, Mrs Orit Edet, suspected to be a child trafficker and rescued two children.
Daniel Udofia (13) and Imabong Inyang (15) were rescued on the 24th of July 2016 at Ikang in Bakassi Local Government Area of the state following a tip off by concerned residents in the area.
The State Comptroller of Immigration, Mrs. Funke Adeuyi, while parading the suspect explained that, the woman brought in the two boys from Eket in Akwa Ibom State and was alleged to be taking them to Cameroon through the Ikang border.
“On the 24th of July 2016, our men at the Ikang border arrested a suspected child trafficker with two minors, Imabong Inyang, 15, and Daniel Udofia, 13,” she said.
“The suspects and the victims have been in our custody since last week. We are going to hand them over to the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons for further investigation.
“Following the current security challenges in the country, our men are always stationed at the Ikang border to check the movement of persons in and out of the state.
“The Ikang border is the closest to Cameroon and other countries, we must continue to maintain our presence there to forestall any cases of child trafficking and illegal migration.”
In her statement, the suspect, who comes from Ibesikpo Local Government in Akwa Ibom State, said she decided to keep the children in her custody because she found them roaming the streets, adding that Inyang has lost her parents while Udofia had lost only his mother.
She said: “I decided to help these children when I found out that they were roaming the area and doing nothing. I am a business woman; I trade in crayfish and fish. The relatives of these children are not aware that they are with me.”