Child trafficking: Tenants run away with an Edo landlord’s daughters

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Mr Omokpia and Mrs. Faith Osaruoname in Ovia North-East Local Government Area of Edo State has raised alarm over the alleged disappearance of their two children.

Amada, and Christabel, aged four and two respectively, were said to have been taken away by two female tenants living in Utese community.

The children were said to have been left in the custody of the tenants by their mother who went to a stream to wash her clothes.

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It was learnt that the tenants, Mercy and Rose from Cross River State, had moved into the community about three weeks ago and told their landlord that they were into farming and hairdressing.

According to some of the residents who informed the parents, the tenants were seen flagging down vehicles on the highway but thought they were taking the children on an outing.

The mother of the children said, she usually left her children with the tenants when she was not around.

Faith explained that she was informed that the women went out with her children when she returned from the stream.

“I thought the girls would soon return home with my children, so I went to cook. After cooking, I wanted to go and get some water again when my husband came back, said Faith.

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She, however, said it was upon her husband’s return that she realised that the tenants had fled with her two daughters, adding that calls put across to their mobile phones indicated that they were switched off.

“He asked me about the children and I told him they went out with the tenants. I later ran out to look for them but did not find them. I have been calling the numbers of those girls and they were switched off.”

Mr. Omokpia, expressed shock over the incident as it was unusual for his children not to be around to welcome him home.

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