Every day, people called pastors in Nigeria give citizens reasons to wonder if they serve a true God. Now, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Police Command has apprehended a pastor and two others for child trafficking.
The suspects were arrested on Friday while trafficking 12 underage children.
The victims included eight girls and four boys aged between five and 16 years, from Nasarawa State to Ogun State.
The spokesperson for the police in the state, Josephine Adeh, disclosed this in a statement on Saturday.
She said the suspects, identified as Simon Kado, his relative, Jesse Simon-Kado, and their driver, Muhammad Isah, were intercepted while conveying the victims.
They used a Toyota Hiace bus with registration number, APP 489 XE.
Adeh said: “Operatives of the FCT Police Command attached to the Rapid Response Squad 74, on Friday, February 9, at about 12:55 am, intercepted one Muhammad Isah, male, of Kafanchan, Kaduna State.
He was in a Toyota Hiace bus with reg no, APP 489 XE, conveying 12 – four male and eight female – underage children to a destination later discovered to be in Ogun State.
“Preliminary investigation revealed that the children are aged between five years to 16 years.
“They are all from Akwanga LGA, Nasarawa State, and were being trafficked to Ogun State.
“It was by one Pastor Simon Kado, male, and Jesse Simon-Kado, male, who are now presently in police custody.
“An investigation is still ongoing and in collaboration with the Nasarawa State Police Command.
“It focuses on how to reunite victims with their respective families.
“The Commissioner of Police, FCT, Benneth Igweh, wishes to reiterate that the safety of residents remains his utmost priority”.