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Herbalist, 7 others nabbed for alleged human trafficking

By Austin Ogwuda
ASABA—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 Command’s spokesman, Mr. Charles Muka, in  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, “two of the male suspects stated that they live in Mali where they operate saloons and that they needed girls to work in their saloon.

“They added that they contacted the natïve 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,” Muka said.

He stated further that the suspects were assisting the State Criminal Investigation Department, Asaba, in the investigation.


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