Juliana Francis

Detectives attached to the Delta State Police Command, Asaba, have rescued five suspected victims of human trafficking from a brothel, where they were being forced to work as sex slaves.

According to the Delta State Commissioner of Police, Ari Mohammed Ali, the command on April 15, at 11:30 pm, received information that Fagoma Hotel located at Aragba in Otokutu in Ughelli South Local Government Area of Delta State was being used as a brothel where underage children were trafficked and used as sex slaves.

Ali stated: “The command upon receiving this disturbing information raided the brothel and the following underage girls were rescued: Happiness Johnson, 13, Esther Godspower, 21, Angel John, 22,  Miracle Bishop, 19 and Happiness Israel, 19. Investigations revealed that one Joy, surname unknown, now at large, trafficked the underage girls from Rivers State and took them to Patani where they were forced into taking an oath before they were brought to Otu-Jeremi and  harbored by Edwin Etareri, the owner of the said brothel and his wife Mrs. Grace Etariri, both currently in custody. At least 10 other male suspects and 10 female suspected prostitutes were also arrested during the raid.”

In another development, luck ran out on a group of suspected armed robbers terrorising the Ajah area of Lagos State on April 14, 2022, at 12: 40pm, along the Ajah under-bridge.

The Anti-Crime patrol team attached to Ajah Divisional Police Headquarters, Ajah, Lagos, while on routine patrol, intercepted a silver-coloured Honda City vehicle with registration number GGE 288 GV with three occupants, Emeka George, 30, Ahmed Balogun, 23, and Bolaji Elewuro 29.

In an exhibition of conscientiousness, the operatives on reasonable suspicion conducted a courteous search on the occupants of the vehicle and in the process recovered one locally made pistol with three live cartridges.

The Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) a Superintendent of Police (SP), Benjamin Hundeyin, while confirming the incident, said: “The operatives immediately moved the suspects to the station and preliminary investigation commenced. The Commissioner of Police, Lagos State Command, CP Abiodun Alabi, in his resolve to ensure the safety and security of Lagosians have assured everyone that every required step would be taken to tackle insecurity. He has further directed that the suspects and exhibits be transferred to the CP Special Squad for a more discreet investigation.”

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