The Suspect, Mary Yakubu
A suspected child trafficker identified as Mary Yakubu has been arrested with 23 children by the Taraba State Police Command.
The suspect who was paraded before newsmen on Monday March 2, was nabbed with children between the ages of four and seven, comprising of 14 boys and nine girls.
Taraba State Police Spokesperson, David Misal said the children have been handed over to the Ministry of Social Welfare in the state. He further revealed that 7 parents have been arrested so far while investigation to arrest others, have been intensified.
Mary Yakubu however insisted that the children were handed over to her by their parents, who asked her to look for people to take care of them.
The mother of seven said;
“The parents of the children told me to come get them for people who would help cater to their educational needs because, in their villages, there are no schools.
“This is actually the first time I am doing this, and I did not collect any money from their parents,” Mary claimed.
“I am a mother of seven, a teacher at Adamu Primary School in Bali LGA. I am 45 years and was arrested at the car park in Bali when I was about leaving with the children.”