400K for male children, 300K for females, child trafficker confesses

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The police in Akwa Ibom said they have intercepted six male teenagers who were being trafficked from Calabar, Cross River state, to Ogun State.

The boys, between the age of 12 and 16, were found inside a bus around Itu, Akwa Ibom state, the police told journalists on Friday in Uyo.

“During investigation, the suspects, one Esther Asuquo Akpan, female, aged 42 and Otobong Solomon Akpan, male, 21, confessed that they were taking the victims from Calabar, Cross River State to Osun State for child labour,” the police spokesperson in Akwa Ibom, N-Nudam Fredrick said.

“The Command has transferred the victims to Ministry of Women Affairs for custody, while suspects were charged to court.”

The police said they have also busted a ‘baby factory’ in Akwa Ibom.

Ndukeabasi Okon of Nung Ukim, Uyo, and her husband, Ndianabasi Okon, were said to be running a child theft/trafficking syndicate before the police swooped on them based on a tip-off.

The police said they arrested the wife, while the husband escaped.

The couple were in the practice of taking pregnant girls into illegal private facilities and keeping them until delivery before selling the babies, the police said.

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