The police detectives of the Delta State Police Command have arrested eight human traffickers and rescued five children in the early hours of yesterday in Asaba, the state capital.
Confirming the arrest of the suspects, and the rescue of the children, the police commissioner in the state, Mustafa Muhammed told our reporter, “The police acted on intelligence reports to swoop on the suspects behind NTA Asaba where the suspects were about trafficking the children between five and seven years old out of the state. The police detectives arrested them, and they are currently being detained for further investigation.” He added that the suspects would be charged to court on completion of investigation.
Meanwhile the state commissioner for Women Affairs, Mrs. Omatshola Williams has said that her ministry last Friday rescued an eight-year-old boy identified as Lucky Uduren whose mother was allegedly killed in Ugbolu community near Asaba, and the boy was sold for N400, 000, adding that three suspects had since been handed over to the police for prosecution.
The commissioner said: “The Ministry of Women Affairs in the state is doing a lot, and just this morning (Monday) we rescued a child that was dumped inside the pit by a neighbour in Asaba, and we were able to trace the mother, and the police are investigating the act”.
She also revealed that 300 orphans and vulnerable children have been trained by the state government in income generating activities, adding that the state government had out of 52 applications for orphanage homes, approved 32 homes while 3,500 illegal orphanage homes were uncovered.
On adoption, the commissioner said: “693 applications were received during the period under review out of which 136 children were released from different approved orphanages to prospective adoptive parents while the remaining applications are at various stages of the adoption process”.
On destitute, the commissioner said that over 510 mentally challenged destitute were evacuated from the streets, and highways to the seven government approved Psychiatric Homes for care and treatment, disclosing that 70 cured inmates were discharged, and had since reunited with their families.
On HIV/AIDS, Mrs. Williams explained the Ministry of Women Affairs has been supporting persons living with HIV/AIDS with life support equipment including items, adding that over 300 of them have benefited.
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