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Arrest made in child trafficking case in Ogun State



Authorities in Ogun State have apprehended a member of a kidnapping and child trafficking syndicate, Tayo Adeleke.

Allegedly, Adeleke and his associates have been targeting children to be sold in nearby Benin Republic.

Reports reveal that Adeleke is currently being interrogated by the police after he and two other accomplices attempted to abduct children in Omu Pempe community, located in Obafemi-Owode Local Government Area of Ogun State on Tuesday.

It is said that the suspects arrived at the Baptist church in Omu Pempe at around 2:00 am on a motorcycle with the intention of abducting children from the church and selling them in Benin Republic, but their plan was thwarted.

Confirming the incident, Ogun State police spokesperson, Omolola Odutola, stated that Adeleke was apprehended with the collaborative effort of the police, the So-Safe Corps, and other vigilant groups in the community, while his partners managed to escape into the bush.

The police spokesperson also disclosed that during interrogation, the suspect admitted to their intention of kidnapping children, adding, “they have a syndicate and they have been kidnapping children and selling them to the Republic of Benin. We have arrested one and he will help in bringing others to book.”

Odutola also informed that kidnappers have started focusing on operating within communities as the police have strengthened security on the highways in Ogun State.

She urged traditional and community leaders to establish internal security to secure entry and exit points to their communities and provide vital information to assist in safeguarding lives and property, emphasizing the importance of villagers aiding the police in identifying strangers and reporting suspicious activities.

“The Ogun State Command under the Commissioner of Police, CP Abiodun Alamutu, would not relent until criminals are flushed out of Ogun, wherever they are,” she added.