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 Police Yet To Hand Over Underaged Girls Rescued From Diobu Brothel- NAPTIP
August 10, 2022

Police Yet To Hand Over Underaged Girls Rescued From Diobu Brothel- NAPTIP

The National Agency for Prohibition of Trafficking In Persons,(NAPTIP) in Rivers State has denied insinuation that the underaged girls used for prostitution at a brothel in Azikiwe street, Mile 2 Diobu who were rescued last Saturday were handed over to NAPTIP.

Nwamaka Ikediashi, the head of NAPTIP, Rivers State in an interview with our reporter said the Police never handed over anybody to them.
She stated that they heard of the arrest but no victim or suspect was handed over to NAPTIP.
The NAPTIP Commander revealed that she visited the Commissioner of Police on Tuesday to discuss with him over the matter and the Commissioner of Police told her that is like the matter has been charged to court.

In the meantime the Centre for Basic Rights Protection and Accountability Campaign Rivers State has tasked the Rivers State Police command to disclose the status of the matter involving rescue of underaged girls forced into prostitution and arrest of suspects in a brothel at Azikiwe street Mile 2,Diobu Port Harcourt last Saturday by operatives of Rumulomeni Police Division aka Iwofe Police station.

IK Alexander, Chairman of the group in the state said on Tuesday the group heard from the Commander of NAPTIP that the Commissioner of Police, CP Eboka Friday told her is like the matter has been charged to court.

Mr. Alexander said members of the organization were at court in Loco on Monday and Tuesday and did not see such matter.
Mr. Alexander called on the Police to make known the particular court they charged the matter to as is possible members of the group did not go to the actual magisterial district the suspects were arraigned.
He explained that is also important the Police disclose the court the suspects were arraigned considering the interest of the public on the matter.

The group equally demanded to Know the state of the underaged girls if they were handed over to the Rivers State Government or reunited with their parents while calling on the State Government to take adequate steps in partnering with NAPTIP, Police and other stakeholders to get the state rid of menace of forcing underaged girls into prostitution in brothels.

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