There was anxiety yesterday, in Ogun State following the arrest of three women with 26 underage children wearing veil (Hijab). They were alleged to have come from Kano State and were heading to Lagos State.
The children are between the ages of eight and 10 years.
State Police Commissioner, Abdulmajid Ali, while parading the suspects at the state Police command headquarters, Eleweran, Abeokuta , said the three suspects were arrested at a motor park at Ibafo in Obafemi-Owode Local Government Area of the state while planning to take the children to Lagos.
He said the suspects; Zainab Ahmad, 18, Aisha Abdullahi, 55, and Zuliat Abdulmalik, 45, were allegedly taking the children comprising 25 girls and one boy from Kano to Lagos State for menial jobs.
According to him, “based on our usual stakeholders meeting and proactive measures put in place by Nigeria Police, our attention was called yesterday that some groups of underage children were seen at a motor park at Ibafo area. The security agents were called immediately; our team raced there and got the leaders. The three women were going with them to Lagos. Their mission in Lagos, according to the suspects is to take them to do some menial jobs which, if you look at them, they don’t even know what they are in for.
“They look innocent and we had to take some measures to avoid unpleasant situations, particularly in this Yuletide period coming up. We are on alert now because of the threat of insurgents coming into our area and we have to be very proactive. If you see the children, they look quite innocent and they may be used as suicide bombers and that is why we had to round them up and investigate their being in the state.”