Twenty one children abducted from the north western part of the country for child labour and street begging have been rescued by the police in Kalgara town of Rafi local government area of Niger state.
LEADERSHIP investigation revealed that luck ran out on the gang which
specialise in taking children to different parts of the country for
child labour and begging when the police intercepted a J5 bus conveying
the children at a stop and search operation in the area.
It was gathered that when the police saw the 21 children who were
between the ages of four and 15 in the bus without a cogent explanation
from the two adults in the bus with them the police immediately
apprehended the vehicle which was coming from Kaduna area.
The two men, Mallam Salisu Rabiu and Jibrin Shehu, it was learnt,
were arrested by the police and the 21 children could not explain their
mission with the men.
Further findings revealed that after interrogation the two men
suspected to be part of a gang in the state that engage innocent
children in street begging confessed that the children were taken mostly
from Jigawa, Kebbi, Katsina and Kano states.
When contacted, the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) of the
Niger State Police Command, DSP Pius Edobor, said that the two suspects
were in police custody while efforts were on to locate the parents of