Child Trafficking: Police respond to accusations
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The Delta state command of the Nigerian Police Force has said that the child trafficking allegations leveled against the state Commissioner of Police are false.
The state command of the NPF stated this on Monday in a statement signed by the Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Edafe Bright.
It reads: “The attention of Delta State Police Command has been drawn to several online publications including Sahara reporters credited to one Ighorhiohwunu Aghogho, a self-acclaimed human right activist and State Coordinator Take it back (TIB), Delta State Chapter.
“In the said publication, he alleged that Police Officers of the Command, after rescuing victims of child trafficking, hands over the rescued children to the Ministry of Women Affairs in a way of aiding the Commissioner of Police Delta State Command, in trafficking the rescued children. One question which remained unanswered by the said Aghogho is how handing over found children to the Government Ministry empowered by the constitution of Nigeria to take custody of such children translates to child trafficking?
The police emphasized that “it is solely the responsibility of either the State or federal government to cater for a found child and provide requisite facilities or ensure that the facilities are provided by approved adoption services as may be prescribed by the appropriate authority when, and if the need arises” as stated in Section 125 of the CHILD’S RIGHT ACT of Nigeria.
“Section 174-178 of the Child Right Act deals extensively with the processes of adoption which extends to the custody of found children.
“Succinctly, it is noteworthy, as it is crystal clear, that the Command has done no wrong by handing over any child found in the State to the State ministry under which purview such responsibility falls. If the self-acclaimed activist is not comfortable with the law as it is stated in the Child’s Right Act of Nigeria, he can and is advised to seek redress in the court of law” he said.
The command further stated that it will not be deterred in bringing Aghogho Ighorhiohwunu to justice.
“Undoubtedly, the effort of the said Aghogho is aimed at blackmailing the Command into abandoning the numerous criminal cases against him with a view to escaping justice. However, the Command will not fold its hands, watch a misinformed, ill-intended and disgruntled individual rubbish its good work, drag the Command to the mud or make comments that are capable of bringing the name of the Commissioner of Police into disrepute.
“The Command will therefore take every necessary step to ensure that he is brought to justice sooner than later.