Police arrests woman for trafficking 74 children, fake orphanage

The National Agency for Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) has arrested an administrator of a fake orphanage responsible for trafficking 74 children.

Checkout Magazine learnt the suspect, identified as Paulina Okere, an Indigene of Adavi in Kogi State, either abducted or deceived parents in Abuja communities into giving her their children under the guise of fostering only to turn around and give them out to people.

NAPTIP said investigation revealed that the accused had sent 25 children to Suleja, Niger State, 24 to different parts of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), five to Enugu, 10 to Owerri, six to Lagos, two to Kaduna and two to Anambra State.

So far, the agency has rescued and recovered 11 of the children and they are undergoing counseling and rehabilitation.

The Director General NAPTIP, Dame Julie Okah-Donli, said the agency was worried over the safety of the children whose actual whereabouts were yet to be ascertained.

Okah-Donli made this known in a press conference in Abuja where she said that the suspect had claimed that the children were orphans while some of the parents have debunked the claim.

His words: “On the 6th of July, the suspect was arrested by operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS), following a petition received from members of some communities in Kuje Area Council of the FCT.

“The suspect allegedly collected 74 children while claiming to foster them at her orphanage home known as Divine Hands of Hope located at Chukuku, in Kuje.

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