Suspected Human Trafficker Arrested In Ekiti
A 41-year-old man has been arrested in connection with alleged human trafficking and rape cases.
Jude Nwanokwara was arrested by men of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) in Ekiti State following a tip- off.
Jude had succeeded in trafficking six ladies from Ekiti about three weeks ago before they escaped back to the state.
The state Chairman of the NSCDC, Solomon Iyamu, disclosed this on Thursday when the International Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA) paid a courtesy visit on his office in Ado Ekiti..
Responding to the incident, FIDA chairperson in the state, Adefunke Anoma vowed to ensure that the suspect faces the law.
One of the victims, Blessing Jubril narrated how she was allegedly tricked by Jude who took them out of the state with a claim that he was taking them to Lagos to work in a Hotel in Lagos as attendants
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Blessing said they were surprised to be told when they got to Lagos that they were now going to another country to work in other branches of their Hotel across the country, adding that Jude thereafter called another man who put four of them in a vehicle going to Cotonou, while she and the other person were put in another vehicle going to Senegal.
She pointed out that she and the other ladies decided to disembark after they got to Senegal and were told that they were still going to another country from there, adding that the call they received from the other four who were taken to Cotonou that they were going through hell over there.
“At this juncture, we were afraid, and we told these people have a mission of using us for ritual, that is how we ran away and sold our phones to transport ourselves to Lagos, from where I got for money to transport myself to Ado Ekiti”, Blessing stated.
Jude who also spoke with newsmen said he was only trying to help the victims to secure better jobs outside the country, saying he has assisted a lot of Nigerians to get better jobs in countries like, Ghana Togo, Cotonou, among others.
Iyamu said Jude will be transferred to the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Human Persons (NAPTIP) for prosecution.
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