The Nigeria Police Force in Bayelsa State on Sunday said they intercepted two vehicles transporting twelve children into the state for alleged child labour and trafficking.
According to the Police, the vehicles, a Mazda 626 with number-plate BC 645 KSF and a Jetta with number-plate DX 643 PH were travelling from Akwa Ibom to Bayelsa.
The State Police Spokesman, Mr. Asinim Butswat gave the account of the children as nine females and three males, aged between five and 17 years as he added that the suspects were arrested on Glory Land Drive during a routine stop and search.
“Policemen, during routine stop-and-search operation at the Glory Land Drive (in Yenagoa), arrested the two vehicles carrying the children.
“When they were interrogated, they could not tell where they were going. They said their parents are here in Bayelsa, but till now, none of their relatives have come to claim them,” the Police PRO said.
Mr Butswat added that the are currently being taken care of at the Social Welfare Department of the state Ministry of Women Affairs while investigation continues.
He however, gave the identities of the prime suspects who happened to be the drivers of the two cars as Inemesi Koffi and Geoffrey Ezekiel, both from Akwa Ibom State.
He said that the since the children are still young and couldn’t state their destination, the police are suspecting a situation of either child labour or child trafficking.