COVID-19 Ogun State uncovers 30 Almajiris being trafficked

Ogun state had on  Monday intercepted an IVECO truck loaded with 30 Hausa youths known as Almajiri.

The spokesman for Operatives of Traffic Compliance and Enforcement Corps TRACE, Babatunde Akinbiyi, disclosed this in a statement.

Akinbiyi said the truck was intercepted at Joju area of Sango in the Ado-Odo/Ota Local Government Area of the state.

According to him, what the truck was conveying came to light when TRACE operatives forced the driver to park and untie the tarpaulin.

“The Almajirai were packed together with various types of pepper which filled the truck to the brim.

“The truck was turned back and led to the tollgate from where they said they came in.”

When asked where the truck was coming from and where it was heading, Akinbiyi said it was coming from the Lagos axis.

He added, “But we don’t know their final destination before they were apprehended at Ota by  eagle-eyed Divisional TRACE Command, Ota, Ajibade Adekunle.”

He said, “Another team at the toll gate was awaiting them for easy passage, even though a TRACE team was in another unbranded vehicle following them from behind.”

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