Operatives of the Federal Road Safety Corps, (FRSC) intercepted a vehicle conveying minors suspected to be children for trafficking to an unknown destination.
A statement from the Head, Media Relations and Strategy of the Corps, Bisi Kazeem said operatives from the Kaduna State command where carrying out their duties and impounded a vehicle for overloading and broken windscreen only to later discover occupants of the vehicle are suspected child traffickers with minors.
He stated that the vehicle, a Ford Galaxy model with registration number LMU 76 XA ash in color was travelling from Kano to undisclosed location on 27th April, 2017 at about 11: 55hrs, when the patrol team flagged down the driver of the said vehicle who refused to stop, but with the advantage of the traffic light at Dutsenma junction that turned red and the traffic build-up, he was forced to stop which enable his arrest and impoundment to the FRSC base at No 12 Ahmadu Bello Way, Kaduna.
While the Patrol team had earlier set out to book the driver for committing traffic offences of overloading and broken windscreen, on close inspection, the team leader noticed that the front windscreen of the vehicle has serious crack and counted 17 minors and 3 adults (a driver, a woman and one other person), totalling 20 persons instead of only 9 persons occupying the Vehicle, which raised the officers suspicions.
Kazeem stated that the Corps Marshal, Boboye Oyeyemi, upon learning of the situation immediately directed the case to be reported to the Comptroller of Immigration Kaduna State, who immediately sent his personnel to take away the Vehicle and its occupants for further investigation at their Command.
He disclosed that on getting to the immigration office, human trafficking unit of Immigration were also not satisfied with the driver’s explanation and thereafter, NAPTIP office was called upon to intervene and the vehicle and its occupants had been taken to Kano office of NAPTIP for further investigation and necessary action.
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