By Oladapo Okeowo
The Plateau State Police Command on Monday announced the interception of two trucks conveying 145 children from Bauchi and Jigawa states.
The trucks were intercepted by security agents at a checkpoint.
This was made known in a statement by ASP Mathias Tyopev, the Public Relations Officer of the
Plateau State Command.The children – all male and within the age range of four to eight years – were rescued by members of the Special Task Force, Operation Safe Haven.
According to the PRO, the boys were rescued from men who did not even know the location of the final destination. He said: “Our investigations further reveals that these children who are all male were to be taken to places that even coordinators of the movement did not even know.”
The children were being transported in interstate food-produce trucks, reports a Channels TV correspondent. The trucks had ben converted to aid the trafficking of the children from one place to the other with no consideration for comfort.
Since their rescue, the children have been in the custody of the Nigeria Police at their headquarters in Jos, while investigations continue.
Channels report states that they were seen with the Plateau State Police Commissioner, Mr Peter Ogunyanwo, who was supervising the distribution of food and other welfare materials to them.
Tyopev assured the public that the police would unravel those behind the act and arrest and charge them to court to serve as a deterrent to others.
He also urged the public to report incidences or sighting of strange children as they may be victims of child trafficking.
The suspects, comprising two drivers, eight conductors and three accompanying instructors were still in the custody of the Police and they have been providing information about how they came about the children and their destination.
Joint efforts by the police and the governments of Bauchi and Jigawa are ongoing to re-unite the boys with their parents.