By YUSUFU IDEGU, Jos-
The National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) has dispatched a crack team of Investigators to Jos, to join other law enforcement agencies to carry out a thorough investigation on the Lebanese National, Mr. Suleiman (AKA Simo), who is alleged to be involved in the defilement of minors and using them for pornographic activities.
The Director-General of NAPTIP of Imaan Sulaiman-Ibrahim, disclosed this in a Statement made available to NATIONAL ACCORD on Tuesday in Abuja.
The DG noted that the crack team, which is drawn from the NAPTIP HQ, Abuja and the Makurdi Zonal Command would be led by the Director of Investigation, Mr. Daniel Atokolo.
It would be recalled that the city of Jos has witnessed series of unrest in the last one week following allegations within the Abattoir community in the Jos South LGA, that the Lebanese for over 2 years have been defiling young underage girls and using them for pornographic activities.
Pandemonium broke out on Wednesday 12th May 2021, when one of the victims whose parents had earlier declared missing was seen by the neighbourhood vigilante coming out from the suspect’s house. This led to the arrest of the Lebanese by the police.
On interviewing the victim, she mentioned what transpired at the suspect’s house with 10 other victims who have also been allegedly defiled by Mr. Suleiman. Investigation is still ongoing to establish the usage of these minors in the production of pornographic materials.
However, one of the victims (13 years old) alleged that the suspect apart from sexually abusing them puts his fingers in their vagina while playing pornographic materials to them. He is also alleged to be using the girls for pornographic displays to excite him. One of the victims (12 years old) is also alleged to be pregnant for the suspect.
These allegations are in contravention of the Trafficking in Persons (Prohibition) Enforcement and Administration Act (TIPPEA) 2015 which is administered by NAPTIP.
While dispatching the investigation team to Jos, the Director-General directed the members to be thorough in their activities.
She also urged them to seek collaboration from sister law enforcement agencies where necessary warning that compromise would not be tolerated.
The Director General, however, advised parents to be weary of those they leave their children with and where they go to, as pedophiles and other child abusers are on the prowl, looking for children to destroy.