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Delta police arrest pastor, wife over alleged child trafficking

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The Delta state police command on Monday confirmed the arrest of a pastor and his wife for alleged child trafficking in Oviri – Ogor Community in Ughelli North Local Government Area of the state.

DSP Edafe Bright Delta state police public relations officer who made the arrest of the suspects known to our correspondent said that suspects had initially allegedly trafficked a 23-year-old girl identified as Oghenefejiro Obotakpore to yet unidentified woman in Bayelsa State before the girl was ferry to Libya in North African Country Including many others that were not known to the police in the state.

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DSP Edafe Bright said that the suspects, Sunday Adeyemi an assistant pastor of a white garment church allegedly connived with his wife, Josephine, and arrested in the community after a text message from the trafficked lady who had been under siege of heavy punishments in Libya. It was gathered that the girl Oghenefejiro Obotakpore had been badly treated especially in the hands of the woman she was trafficked to, according to a text message that was licked to the police in Ughelli Police A” Division.

The PPRO disclosed that, following the text message that was licked to the police, men of Ughelli Police A” Division swung into action and arrested the pastor and his wife in Oviri Ogor Community where they had wanted to escape unfortunately for them were rounded up by the police led by inspector of police, adding that the suspects were currently being detained at Ughelli Police ‘A’ Division for further investigation.

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Sources said that one Sunny a member of the community allegedly aided the trafficking of the girl Fejiro Obotakpore Marian aged 23 from Afriesere Community but lives in Oviri Ogor Community to Libya without the consent of her parents until the last weekend when the lid of the pastor and his wife atrocities were blown in the open.

Bright said that the police were currently investigating over 250 cases across the state of human trafficking and its related issues adding that many of the cases are those minors including adults who ran away from their parents’ houses under the guise of hardship among others warning that the police will ensure that those behind the nefarious activities are brought to arrest.

By Nosa Akenzua

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