Police arrest 2 for human trafficking in Bayelsa

Police arrest 2 for human trafficking in Bayelsa

According to reports, the Bayelsa State Police Command has busted a human trafficking syndicate that specialise in trafficking Bayelsans to West African countries especially Burkina Faso.

Investigations revealed that the two suspects’ Erica Wolo, 24, Patrick John, 19, who are members of the syndicate are currently in police custody.

In view of that, the state place command has launched a comprehensive investigations into the numerous child trafficking activities the group had carried out.

It was gathered that the suspects were fingered in the trafficking of two ladies, Ebitari Godfrey, 20, and Lucy Samuel, 19, both from Ekowe community in Southern Ijaw Local Government Area of the state to Burkina Faso.

It was gathered that the activities of the syndicate was blown out in the open when Godfrey escaped from her captors in Burkina Faso and found her way to the Nigerian Embassy before she was repatriated.

Bayelsa State Police Public Relations Officer, Mr. Asinim Butswat, in a statement, said the suspects had made useful confessions and other members of the syndicate would be arrested.

According to him one Edna Hezron, 35, reported the abduction of Godfrey from her residence at Agudama- Epie which led police to uncover the activities of the syndicate.

“The Bayelsa State Police Command has arrested one Erica Wolo and one Patrick John for their alleged involvement in trafficking one Ebitari Godfrey and one Lucy Samuel both of Ekowe Community in Southern Ijaw LGA, Bayelsa State to Burkina Faso.

Consequently, a team of policemen swung into action and arrested the suspects, Erica Wolo and Patrick John who took Lucy Samuel and Ebitari Godfrey to one Madam Beauty surname unknown in Lagos, who trafficked the victims to Burkina Faso.

Ebitari Godfrey had escaped from her captors at Burkina Faso to the Nigerian Embassy and was repatriated to Nigeria. Investigation is ongoing to arrest Madam Beauty and to repatriate the other victim Lucy Samuel who had also escaped from her captors”

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