Posted on Thu 16 Jul 2015, 05:18 AM

36 children have been rescued from a child trafficking syndicate by the Bayelsa State Command of the Department of State Services. 

Deputy Director of the Command said 4 suspects were arrested in the operation carried out on the 6th of July.

He said the suspects operated under the cover of being missionaries and target children from Zamfara, Kaduna and Kebbi state. According to him, parents of the children are wood with the offer of good education for their children who eventually end up as house helps.

Some of the victims were rescued from homes in Yenagoa, kaiama in Bayelsa, Enugu-Agidi in Anambra and Port Harcourt.

Some of the rescued children told newsmen how their new parents reneged from the initial agreement educating them.

“The woman I was asked to live with used to assign me to the farm and I also sold water for her. I no longer went to school. I started school at the beginning of the term but she told me to stop school now,” one of them said.

Three male suspects who claimed to be clergymen with Assemblies of God Mission maintained that acted on humanitarian grounds and merely collected transport ‘fares’ from prospective parents.


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