A Lagos based pastor identified as Uzonna Gacenine of New World Assembly Church at Ajegunle Lagos has ran into trouble with the law over allegation of child trafficking for prostitution.
Pastor Uzonna was arrested by Immigration officers attached to the Lagos State Command following allegation that she helped a 24-year- old lady Benedicta Ele-ojo Okolo to process an e-passport with false identity.
Legit.ng learnt that Benedicta and Pastor Uzonna visited the Alausa Passport office where the Immigration boss in charge of the Alausa Passport Office Mr Joshua Ajisafe first discovered the discrepancy in Okolo's biodata .
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The Comptroller of Immigration, Lagos State Command Justina Aladi Ahmadu stated that vigilant Immigration officers at the Passport office at Alausa suspected that Okolo was lying about her biodata during the capturing process and went on to investigate her.
" Benedicta is a victim of a human trafficking ring but our eagle eye officers noticed the discrepancies in her biodata and decided to drill her. She lied to the Passport officers that her name is Miss Karem Rachel but our investigation shows that her real name is Benedicta Elejo Okolo. Following her confession, we arrested her facilitator one pastor Gacenine Uzonna and we have handed the suspects to the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Person (NAPTIP)," Ahmadu said.
Narrating how Okolo became a victim of child trafficking, Ahmadu said: "Okolo said she met one Mr. Charles Arinze and his sister on social media . Arinze and the sister claimed that they reside in Dubai and following their interaction on social media, Okolo was invited to Lagos where she met one Agnes Chinyere who later took her to a herbalist where her hair from her private part , armpit , head and her blood were taken by the herbalist.
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" They took her the next day to the airport with a proxy passport where she was refused departure . She was thereafter asked to meet Pastor Uzonna of the Word Assembly Church Ajegunle Lagos who on July 9th, 2015 took her to the Passport office at Alausa Ikeja to process an e- passport with false name and date of birth.
"The false name was Miss Karem Rachel Taiwo 35 but our investigation shows that her original names are Benedicta Elejo Okolo 24. I directed that the Passport Control Officer in charge of Alausa Office play along by capturing and enrolling her bio-data so as to avoid the possibility of the victim and the facilitator going to another Passport office. When we found out that the victim was lying, we arrested her and the duo have been hands over to NAPTIP."
In another development, six Nigerian girls have been returned back to their homeland from Burkina Faso where they were allegedly taken to for prostitution by a female trafficker.
The Punch reports that the rescued girls were reunited with their families in Ibadan, Oyo State, on Wednesday, July 22.