Army apprehends human trafficker, rescue victim in Lagos

Troops of 65 battalion Nigerian Army ( NA) operating under the 81 Division have successfully apprehended a human trafficker, Mrs Olushola Areke, in Lagos.

Army Acting Deputy Director Army Public Relations Officer (ADDAPRA) Olabisi Olalekan, in a statement said that the arrest was followed actionable intelligence.

“Mrs. Kunle claimed she had voluntarily entrusted her daughter to the suspect, who had promised to secure employment for the young girl in Oshodi, Lagos instead of heading to Oshodi as promised, the suspect moved Miss Kunle to Kano, where the victim later discovered herself and overheard discussions about being transported to Libya”

“ Miss Kunle courageously escaped from her captor and returned home on 23 April 2024,” Ayeni said

According to him, in response to this alarming report, troops reached out to Mrs Areke, offering to entrust more people to her for job opportunities.

“The suspect eagerly accepted the offer and was subsequently arrested at the designated meeting point where she intended to pick up her supposed other victims”.

He stated that both the suspect and the victim have been handed over to the Ajah Police Command in Lagos for further investigation.