…As FCT police arrest traditional ruler over murder of officer***
The Operatives of Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), Murtala Mohammed International Airport (MMIA), Command in Lagos, has apprehended another 9 girls being trafficked.
The girls were on their ways to Lebanon, Cairo, Dubai and India on Ethiopian, Peace, Egypt and East Airlines.
The service Public Relations Officer, DCI Sunday James made this known in statement on Saturday in Lagos.
According to him, four of the girls claims to be traveling for employment without knowing their employers nor aware of the nature of job they were going for.
“This discovery was made after intensive interrogation by NIS officials,” he said.
James said the shady journey was organised by agents who took advantage of the girls’ innocence and ignorance.
He disclosed that two of the girls had earlier claimed to be going for visit.
“However, the two, later confessed they were going for hustle in Dubai. Another three, of the girls, claimed they were going to India for medical treatment without referrals.
“When further asked the nature of sickness they said yellow fever before they finally confessed to be going for hustle in India,” he said.
He said NIS refused their departure to save them from indignity to be faced from such journeys.
“The Comptroller-General of NIS, Mr. Muhammad Babandede, therefore, called on parents to be wary of juicy offers on their children, from family and non family members to take the children abroad.
“Most of these trips are deceitful, camouflaged with employment, studies or visit which may end up in exploitation or death. Operatives at the various entry and exit points will never permit them departure.
“The NIS stepped-up clearance operation that is yielding positive result in the various arrest made at the borders of the country by NIS.”
In the meantime, the FCT Police Command has arrested the Chief of Ushafa in Bwari Area Council, Alhaji Mohammed Baba, following the alleged killing of a police officer by a mob at his palace.
The command Public Relations Officer (PPRO), DSP Anjuguri Manzah disclosed this in a statement on Friday in Abuja.
He said the secretary to the chief’s palace, Mr Danlami Busa was also arrested in connection with the case.
Manzah said ASP Eric Isaiah was murdered at the palace of the chief while trying to arrest one Moses Peter aka Dogo, a suspect wanted for culpable homicide.
He said one Domnic Emmanuel, had on Jan. 21, reported at Bwari Police Divisional Headquarters that his brother, Moses, engaged to work as mason was found unconscious after being attacked and severely injured.
According to Manzah, the brother told the police that Moses was rushed to Bwari General Hospital for medical attention and was able to provide vital information as to his assailants before he died.
He said Peter aka Dogo and one John (surname unknown) were fingered as the alleged perpetrators of the act.
According to him, on the strength of this, the Bwari Divisional Police Officer detailed his detectives to visit Ushafa village and make inquiries on the matter.
He said the detectives sighted and accosted Peter aka Dogo, who resisted arrest and invited his friends from a nearby drinking joint to intervene.
Manzah said his friends insisted that the suspect must be taken to the Chief of Ushafa palace before the police could effect his arrest.
He said the two police detectives obliged the crowd and went to the chief’s palace, where they met the secretary to the chief.
“Instead of addressing the issue, the chief’s secretary, at the instance of the Chief incited the crowd, who descended heavily on the two detectives.
“As a result, a re-enforcement team led by late ASP Eric Isaiah, Patrol and Guard Officer, Bwari Division, with three others were deployed.
“They arrived the scene with a police hilux vehicle which was used to rescue the two officers who escaped with the suspect, Peter aka Dogo.
“Sadly, the crowd brutally attacked and murdered ASP Eric Isaiah in cold blood after inflicting injuries on other members of the team,” he said.
Manzah said the Commissioner of Police in charge of FCT, Mr Bala Ciroma, had condemned the murder of the officer, describing it as barbaric and unpatriotic.
He said the CP had directed that the killers of the police officer be arrested and brought to justice.
The PPRO said the CP had warned that the command would not treat attack on police officers while on lawful duty with levity.