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More details on95 women arrested for alleged human trafficking, August 4, Benin

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95 women arrested for alleged human trafficking
• Saturday, Aug 4, 2007

Ninety-five women suspected to be human traffickers were arrested by the Lagos State Police Command in the metropolis in the last one week.

The state Commissioner of Police, Mr Muhammed Abubakar, yesterday paraded 53 other persons allegedly involved in violent crimes within the period.

The teenagers, among them the women, he said, would be handed over to the appropriate authorities for rehabilitation, while the adults would be prosecuted.

“These teenage girls were brought into Lagos from the South-South for trafficking to neighbouring Benin Republic for child labour,” he said.

“Investigations revealed that the trafficked children have been sexually abused.

“They alleged that their masters used them for commercial sex business in brothels where they make returns of N1,000 to them per day,” Abubakar said.

He said 18 suspected armed robbers were arrested, with three killed in different parts of the state within the period, adding that nine arms and 34 ammunition were recovered.

Abubakar said 48 motorcycles were impounded for contravening traffic regulations, 10 bullion vehicles for illegal use of siren, and nine suspected stolen vehicles recovered.

He said 1,955 persons were arrested during raids of some black spots and that 1,241 of them had been prosecuted.

He added that three pipeline vandals were arrested with 33,000 litres of fuel in a tanker and fuel in 85 jerrycans.

Abubakar regretted the death of three policemen early yesterday during a robbery at one of the new generation banks in Lagos.

He said: “Though the policemen died, but the robbery did not succeed.”

He said the command honoured 11 policemen for their gallant performance.

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