By Austin Ogwuda
ASABAâ€”Delta State Police Command has arrested a native doctor and 7 other persons in his shrine at New Layout, Ekpan, for alleged trafficking young ladies abroad.
Arrested were four males and three females (all names withheld).
State Police Commandâ€™s spokesman, Mr. Charles Muka, inÂ a statement in Asaba yesterday, said that following a report from one of the girls who allegedly escaped from the shrine during an oath- taking ritual, detectives stormed the shrine and succeeded in rescuing four young girls, who were already drugged ready to be moved to Mali.
According to him, â€œtwo of the male suspects stated that they live in Mali where they operate saloons and that they needed girls to work in their saloon.
â€œThey added that they contacted the natÃ¯ve doctor in whose shrine the victims were rescued, to give the girls some spiritual bath for the journey and they use the three women to source the girls,â€ Muka said.
He stated further that the suspects were assisting the State Criminal Investigation Department, Asaba, in the investigation.