45-year-old woman, identified as Rhoda Omorogie, aka Mama Bobo, have been arrested by The National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) for her alleged involvement in the trafficking of young girls from Benin to Europe.
In a statement released by The NAPTIP Head of Press and Public Relations, Mr Josiah Emerole, on Wednesday in Abuja, he revealed that the suspect, a nurse by profession and an indigene of Oredo Local Government Area of Edo, was nabbed by the operatives of the agency in Benin Zonal Command at about 5 a.m at her residence located at No. 65 Osayande St. off Upper Sakponda Road, Benin City.
According to him, the “notorious trafficker’’ had been in hiding since June 16 following the arrest of one of her gang members, Monday Ugbo, and rescue of three victims as she is presently in NAPTIP’s custody for interrogation.
He then quoted the Director-General of NAPTIP, Mrs Julie Oka-Donli, saying that it is disheartening to see women involved in the “disgusting trade of human beings’’. She however stressed the need for people to be more careful while dealing with traffickers.
The spokesperson stated that preliminary reports showed that Omorogie has over the years been involved in the recruitment of young women from Benin to other places including Europe.
He said the report also revealed that she was connected to the recruitment of the three victims that were rescued in Benin at the weekend.
Recall Ugbo was nabbed by NAPTIP operatives at the weekend who rescued three victims from his residence located at number 72 Osayande St., Upper Sakponba Road, Benin City, Edo.
Ugbo was arrested in the process of receiving a registration fee of N50,000 he had demanded from a prospective victim and preparing to take the victims to a river for oath taking.