Police rescue 29 trafficked children at Tamale

Posted: July 25, 2010 in Crime
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A timely intervention by the Northern Regional Police Command on Saturday, helped to rescue some twenty-nine children who were allegedly being trafficked from Bolgatanga in the Upper East Region to Accra.Earlier reports suggested the figure was thirty, but police sources say upon further screening, the number was pruned down to twenty-nine.

“Other passengers were onboard the vehicle and one of the children whose father was traveling with him had to convince us that indeed, that child was his,” noted the Northern Regional Police Public Relations Officer, Chief Inspector Ebenezer Tetteh in a confirmation statement to this reporter.

The children are between the ages 2-19 years. They were on board an Accra bound passenger bus with registration number AS 9908 Y when it was intercepted by the police at Tamale.

It is the second time in two months that such an incident has happened, thereby, confirming to a recent chilling revelation by a non-governmental organization (NGO), ACHD, that child trafficking was still rife in the country.

Two people (a man and a woman) have been arrested for being the brains behind the alleged human trafficking. Their names were given as Aba Ani Akada (34yrs), popularly known as Guy one and Abanin Akatari, 31 years.

Briefing further on the issue, Chief Inspector Ebenezer Tetteh said their intervention was based on intelligence report they received from the Upper East region that some children on board a bus were suspected of being trafficked to some communities in the south.

According to him, interrogation of the two has revealed that the children were victims of human trafficking.

He said the suspects have been sent back to Bolgatanga where they are assisting the police for further investigations.

Chief Inspector Tetteh noted that as soon as “investigations are concluded, the suspects would be arraigned before court and charged for human trafficking offence.”

The suspects are believed to be agents who transport children to the southern parts of the country where they are engaged in all kinds of laborious work without being given proper education.

On Monday, June 7 2010, a timely intervention, again by the Police arrested three suspects who attempted buying a one year old baby at Awoshie, a suburb of Accra.

  1. Your police did a good job. But long time you’ve been quiet especially after your email was hijacked.


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