Nigeria: Teacher in Abia arrested for trying to traffic students
By Ahmad Hadizat Omayoza, Mamos Nigeria
Officials from the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps in Abia State have taken Ikechukwu Uduma, a secondary school teacher, and Enyiazu Godswill, an accomplice, into custody for attempting to traffick two female students.
During a press conference, Paul Igwebuike, the state NSCDC Commandant, stated that the suspects were apprehended on Thursday around 12.20 a.m.
“We got actionable intelligence that one of the suspects, Ikechukwu Uduma (33), who is a mathematics teacher attached to Christ Firm International School, Ubaha, Umunna Nsulu, in Isialangwa North LGA, Abia State, had concluded plans to traffick two underage girls (students of the above school) to Lagos State,” Igwebuike stated as he paraded the men before journalists in Umuahi I quickly mobilized my men, who followed them until they were apprehended at the Unique Life Hotel in Umuahia. The two victims were rescued.
He claims that a preliminary investigation revealed that the suspects intended to relocate the victims to Lagos as soon as their final exam paper was handed in on June 21, 2023.
In addition, it was revealed that the teacher had previously engaged in human trafficking with the assistance of Godswill and Cherish, the teacher’s sister (Ikechukwu’s sister), who was said to be employed in an Ogun State manufacturing company.
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A white Nissan Primera (Toyota Previa) and traveling bags containing the girls’ personal effects were among the items taken from the suspects.
While answering questions from journalists, the two students claimed that the suspects informed them that they were going to Lagos to work.
The two men also said that they were taking the girls to Lagos to look for work.