Two suspected members of a child trafficking syndicate have been arrested by the Ondo State Command of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC) for their luring young girls to Libya allegedly for pr*stitution.
The two suspects, Babatunde Oluwasola, a.k.a ‘Osanle and Fowowe Dada, were arrested following a report of a missing 15-year-old girl who was discovered to have been moved to Libya.
The Public Relations Officer of the corps in the state, Aidamenbor Daniel, who disclosed this in a statement on Monday, October 2, 2023, said Oluwasola, a carpenter from Osun State but resides in Akure, took three girls from Akure to Libya sometime in April 2023 in collaboration with Dada.
Aidamenbor said the suspect got one of the girls with the help of one Mrs. Dada Fowowe a.k.a Iya Alaso, a 47-year-old trader from Ondo State.
He said the 57-year-old suspect and his 47-year-old accomplice are already assisting the corps in their investigations to ensure the return of the girls to Nigeria.
“The victims who travelled through the desert to Libya called Mr. Babatunde through the agent that received them two weeks after their departure from Akure, Ondo State to intimate him of their arrival at Libya,” the spokesperson said.
“The victim, a 15-year-old girl until her departure, lived with her parents in Akure. She had left without telling anyone about her journey.
“It was upon her arrival in Libya that she discovered that the situation she found herself in wasn’t what she bargained for hence, she had to reach out to her father, who had been looking for her
“She pleaded with her father to help, and the father, in return, reported the case to NSCDC, Ondo State Command
“The suspects already made confessional statements, and after our investigation, the case will be transferred to NAPTIP for further actions.”