The Lagos State Police Command says it has uncovered an apartment in Ejigbo area of Lagos, suspected to be used as transit camp for child trafficking. Six children, aged between three and 10, were found in the one-room apartment. The custodian of the children, one Comfort Awanaesan, was also apprehended in the process. Commissioner of Police, Lagos State Command, Imohimi Edgal stormed the apartment, Tuesday evening, in the company of some senior police officers and officials of the Gender Unit of the command and others from the Ministry of Youths and Social Services. The move, according to Edgal, followed complaints by residents that children were being kept by a woman, who is not their biological mother, in a poorly-ventilated one-room apartment.
Edgal said: “We are concerned about the children’s welfare, because we must first ascertain what happened to them while here: were they abused, sold into slavery or sold as domestic help? “This is not an orphanage or day care centre. We want to know where she got the children from because we are concerned generally about child abuse.”