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Notorious human trafficker arrested in Benin


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The Edo State Force on Human Trafficking at the weekend apprehended an alleged notorious human trafficker and smuggler, identified as Ediagbonya Etiosa Solomon. He was arrested by the police at his hideout in Benin City.
The Senior Special Assistant to Godwin Obaseki on Anti-Human Trafficking and Illegal Migration, Solomon Okoduwa, told The Guardian yesterday that a victim who was recently rescued by the task force hinted that the trafficker was around and about to smuggle some victims out of Nigeria again.
“We immediately swung into action and with the help of the Deputy Commissioner of Police, DCP Peter Okoh, who directed officers of Ugbekun Divisional Police Headquarters, he was apprehended.”
It was gathered that one of the victims, (name withheld) who was trafficked in May last year, paid N185,000 to the man and was sold for N2.4 million in Libya.
Okoduwa, however, stated: “I want to inform everyone that the state government will not spare anyone who is involved and participated in the inhuman treatment they gave Nigerians in Libya during their search for a better life. They are evil and they demonstrated the highest level of wickedness. Government will not spare them.
“But we are advising all our youths to be careful of those wolves in sheep clothing who are bent on deceiving them to believing that there is road from Libya to Europe through Sahara desert. There is no road at all, they are deceivers. What they are after is your money and don’t care about your safety and security. When you see them talking to you about Libya or any other countries, report to the nearest police station or come straight to the task force office in government house,” he added.

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