The Plateau State Command of Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corp (NSCDC), has arrested a suspected human trafficker in Lantang North Local Government Area of the state.
The police alleged that the suspect, 61 years old Evangelist Okhimien Amos, usually disguised as a priest and allegedly trafficked children from Lantang North in Plateau to Edo State in the name of finding better job because of poverty in the area.
Speaking with journalists after parading the suspect, Public Relations Officer of the Command, Naomi Cishak ,said that the suspect was operating in Dogon yaro close in Lantang and was arrested following a tip up by the residents, who reported his activities.
Cishak said: “When we received the report of his activities, our men swung into action and arrested him. After interrogation, he admitted moving eight adult from Lantang to Edo State to find job for them. We have done our part and we are handing him over to National Agency for Prohibiting of Trafficking of Person and Allied Matters (NAPTIP) for further action.”
Narrating his part in a chat with journalist, Amos denied trafficking children but said that he only took eight adult to find a better job for them because of abject poverty in Lantang.
Amos said, “I am into insecticide business and also serves as priest of the Care for the Lord Source Outreach based in Lantang. I don’t traffic children to Edo State. I don’t traffic any child, I do not take small children or any child to Edo State. The people that I carry to Edo State are from the ages of 20, 25 and 30 years, even some of them are married with children.”