25 July 2020 by IFEANYI OSITA
The National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons, NAPTIP has paraded a suspected Child trafficker, Paulina Okere for alleged trafficking of Seventy four children
Parading the Suspect in Abuja, the Director General of NAPTIP, Dame Julie Okah-Donli said the case was brought before the Agency following complaints by parents of the children.
The Director General who was represented by the Director Research and Programme Development, Mr Godwin Mouka explained that the accused person, Mrs Paulina Okere 45, from Kogi state was arrested on the 6th of July, 2020 by operatives of the Department of State Services DSS following a petition from members of some Communities in Kuje Area Council of the FCT.
Mr Godwin stated that the accused person was alleged to have collected Seventy children with the claim to foster them at her orphanage home “Divine Hands of Hope at Chukuku in Kuje.
He further hinted that investigations revealed that some of the children are in the FCT, Owerri, Anambra, Kaduna, Enugu, Suleja in Niger State and Lagos state.
The Director who pointed out that so far Eleven of the children have been rescued, stressed that efforts were on to rescue the remaining children.
Some of the parents who narrated their ordeals, said they were deceived by the suspect who claimed she wanted to help educate the children.
They pleaded for help from the agency and other security agencies for the rescue of their children.
The alleged trafficker, Mrs Paulina Okere who admitted to having possession of the children, said she was only rendering assistance to the families as she explained that the children had been fostered in different homes.
She also promised to return the children to their families.