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45-year-old child trafficker arrested with 23 children in Taraba

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A 45-year-old suspected child trafficker identified as Mary Yakubu, has been arrested by the Nigeria police with 23 children in Taraba state.

 She was paraded along with other suspects on Monday, March 2, at the headquarters of the state police command in Jalingo.

 The children, who are made of fourteen boys and nine girls are between the ages of four and seven.

Speaking to newsmen David Misal, the Taraba state police public relations officer, said that the suspect was nabbed with the kids at a park in Bali local government area while they were about to leave.

 Misal further explained that all the kids are now with the ministry of social welfare in Taraba state.

The police spokesperson added that about seven parents of the children have been arrested in connection with the trafficking as further investigations are ongoing to catch others.

The suspect on her part explained that this is her first time of doing such as the children were given to her by their parents to look for someone who needs kids and take care of them. The 45-year-old suspect who is a mother of seven and a teacher added that she did not collect any money from the parents before taking the children.