A couple, Godday and Ebere Samuel have been arrested by men of the Ogun State Police Command for alleged human trafficking.
Police Public Relations officer of the command, Abimbola Oyeyemi, a Superintendent of Police confirmed that the suspects committed the crime on October 17, 2023.
Oyeyemi said the couple were arrested following a report lodged at Atan-Ota Divisional Headquarters by one Adeniji Okikiolu, who reported that his 16-year old daughter, Maria Adeniji suddenly disappeared from home on October 16,2022.
He explained, “While search party was organized to look for her, he was informed by someone that the missing girl was seen with Ebere Samuel on the previous day.
“Upon the information, Ebere Samuel was invited to the station, but she vehemently denied ever seen the missing girl on or before that day. Not satisfied with her plea of alibi, she was subsequently detained at the station.
“But surprisingly, when her husband was contacted, the husband confessed to have taken the missing Maria to somewhere in Lagos for onward transportation to Burkina faso where she will be engaged as a maid to one of their associates.
“Preliminary investigation revealed that the couple has been into the business of human trafficking for sometime now and that their accomplices are in Burkina faso.”
The PPRO said Commissioner of Police, Lanre Bankole had ordered the immediate transfer of the suspects to the Anti Human Trafficking and Child Labour unit of the State Criminal Investigation Departments for discreet investigation and diligent prosecution.