Benue Pastor arrested by NSCDC in Osun State for child trafficking

Benue Pastor arrested by NSCDC in Osun State for child trafficking

Osun State Command of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) has arrested a Pastor, Isaac Akanasema, for allegedly trafficking children between the ages of 10 to 14 years.

The command, in a statement by its Public Relations Officer, Adewale Afolabi, on Sunday, claimed that Akanasema, the Tiv Pastor from Benue State, who resides in Ede, Osun State, admitted to have brought the children from Benue State, took custody of the under-aged children and placed them in care of foster parents as domestic workers.

The pastor, however, explained that the children were released to him by their parents, who were mostly farmers displaced by the farmers/herdsmen’s crisis in the state. “Akanasema claimed to have done this in good faith and not for monetary benefits.

The only agreement he usually made with the foster parents was for them to take care of the children and be responsible for their education.” the statement read.

“He was said to have begun this in 2014 and the ages of the children involved ranged from 10 to 14 years. When asked whether they were well treated and cared for, the children answered in the affirmative and agreed to stay with their foster parents till they would complete their education.” Follow us on Twitter and on Facebook

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