Army Arrests ‘Four Traffickers’ Travelling With 19 Children

SAN FRANCISCO, June 17, (THEWILL) – The Nigerian Army says it has intercepted four child traffickers with 19 under-aged children in Yobe state.

The Army spokesman, Brig-Gen. Sani Usman, made this known in a statement on Saturday, confirming also the arrest of a suspected Boko Haram terrorist, Aliyu Ahmed, alias “Aliko”.

He said the four traffickers, who were arrested by of troops of Bravo Company, 120 Battalion at Katarko, were conveying the 19 children from Potiskum to Garin Tuwo, Bungai and Buni Yadi in Gujba local government area of Yobe and Galarabala in Biu local government area of Borno state.

“Both the suspected traffickers and their victims have been moved to the Brigade Headquarters for transfer to National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons,” Usman said.

He continued in the statement that “Aliko” was arrested on Friday by troops of 33 Brigade following a tip off in Yuga village in Toro local government area of Bauchi, where he has been in hiding.

“He was found to be in possession of one single barrel gun and one Dane gun,” the Army spokesman said.

“During preliminary interrogation, he confessed that he actively participated in several Boko Haram terrorists’ attacks and also owned an AK-47 Rifle which lost during one of the attacks they carried out in 2016. His interrogation continued,” Usman added.

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