A gang of cartel that specialises in human trafficking in Warri, Delta State, has been arrested.
The suspects, Mrs Cynthia Ogbeide, 37; Chioma Douglas, 40 and Paul Onome, 66, we’re said to have been arrested in their hideout in Okere, Warri, following a petition to the AIG, Zone 5, on criminal allegation of abduction, exploitative labour and human trafficking againgst Mrs. Cynthia Ogbeide and her cohorts.
According to a press statement issued by the Zonal Police Public Rations Officer, Zone 5, DSP Emeka Iheanacho, the petitional had alleged that sometime in 2016, she was chatting on facebook and met one Cynthia (principal suspect) and they became friends, adding that at a point Cynthia invited her to Warri to assist her secure a good job.
The statement said the petitioner further alleged that having spent few days with the principal suspect without any job, she became worried and wanted to return to Benin.
“It was at that point the suspect told the petitioner that nobody visit her place and go back again. The petitioner also narrated how the suspect brought several women who slept with her and others.
She further accused the suspect and other members of the cartel of serial abuses, exploitative labour, human trafficking and other abominable acts”, the police statement said.
The statement further said that upon credible information available to the petitioner that the suspect has perfected plan to sell her and others to unknown persons which apparently caused her fear and invariably resulted to her escape to Benin.
“The suspect having noticed danger following the escape of the petitioner and others, ran to the Police Station in Warri and alleged a case of kidnapping against her.
“In view of this, the suspect traced the petitioner to Benin, where she could not find her, but in the process, arrested the parents and other relations to Warri. The situation however angered the petitioner, which necessitated the petition to the Police.
“Consequent upon discreet investigation and surveillance, two other members of the gang, Chioma Douglas ‘f’ 40yrs and Paul Onome ‘m’ 66yrs were arrested. 10 other victims of trafficking were rescued”, the statement said.
It added that the suspects have already been charged to court.