An undercover team of the Rapid Response Squad (RRS) has arrested seven traffickers in connection with importing physically challenged children into Lagos to use them for alms begging.
They were arrested along with some eight beggars after almost a week of monitoring by the RRS team.
The arrested traffickers are: Sanni Isiaku (40), Abubakar Gahu (50), Abdullahi Mohammed (45), Nasiru Yusman (21), Mato Abdullahi (20), Nura Idris (17) and Sagiru Ibrahim (26).
The physically challenged children also apprehended alongside the seven traffickers were: Aminu Kabiru (12), Yusuph Nasiru (9), Amina Kabir (12), and Ayuba Idris (12).
During interrogation, one of the traffickers, Mato Abdullahi said, “I borrowed Amina Kabir from her mother who happens to be my sister. I bring her early in the morning to under bridge to beg. She begs while I wait around”.
“At the end of the day, we make between N3000 and N4000. Depending on what we made, I remove my own and I hand over the remaining to the lady. Before, we made between N5000 and N6000. But now, things have changed. We don’t make up to that anymore. A lot of us are here now. Before you get to one car, another set of beggars have gotten there,” he said.
Another suspect Abubakar Gahu stated that he uses his son to beg for alms saying “there are five of them. Three are in school in Agege. The last one is still very young. It is whatever we raise daily that we use in maintaining the family.”
The RRS team confirmed that the arrest was based on intelligence report received from one of its social media platforms that some groups of people were importing physically challenged children into Lagos for alms begging.
The case has been handed over to the Gender Department of the Lagos State Police Command.