Operatives of the Enugu State Police Command have arrested a suspected child trafficker who allegedly stole an 8-year-old boy from Zamfara state. Spokesperson of the command, ASP Daniel Ndukwe, who disclosed this in a statement on Friday May 6, said the suspect, Juliet Donatus was arrested while looking for a buyer for the child.

“On 09/04/2022 at about 2055hrs, Police Operatives serving in Central Police Station (CPS) Enugu, arrested one Juliet Donatus (female) aged 35, residing in Zaria, Kaduna State. Her arrest was as a result of a tip off alleging that she was found attempting to sell a male child at Old Park Enugu,” the statement read.

“The said child, who is 8 years old, was rescued while the suspect confessed to have stolen the victim from Zamfara State and brought him to Enugu in search of a buyer,”

The case was transferred to Gender/Anti-Human Trafficking Section of the State CID Enugu for preliminary investigation and has been further handed over to Kaduna State Police Command for conclusive investigation and prosecution.”

The Enugu State Command has arrested one Effiok Umo and his wife, Nnenna Umo, both of Okwojo Ngwo, Udi LGA, for allegedly abusing and assaulting their twelve (12) years old daughter, Mercy Umo, after she fell asleep while slicing onions for the food they were preparing.

Police arrest couple for brutalizing their 12-year-old daughter in Enugu (photos)


A statement from the spokesperson of the state police command, ASP Ndukwe Ekea, says the arrest is sequel to information received by the Commissioner of Police, CP Ahmad AbdurRahman, MCPSS, MCJ, MNIM from the National Human Rights Commission, Enugu on July 12. Ekea said upon receiving the information, the police commissioner immediately instructed the Divisional Police Officer, 9th Mile Police Station, to ensure the suspects are arrested and prosecuted accordingly.


”Preliminary investigation shows that the couple are used to abusing and assaulting the child for little or no justifiable reasons by using objects, such as sticks, electric wires, heels of shoes and so on to mercilessly flog, hit and/or beat her up.

The height of it happened on 10/07/2020 at about 2230hrs when the wife, who is the child’s stepmother, abused and assaulted her to the extent of inflicting her bodily harm on the excuse that she dozed off while slicing onions required for food being prepared the said night.

This led to neighbours, who have found their act of inhuman treatment of the child unbearable, reporting the matter to the Police through National Human Rights Commission.” the statement said

Police arrest couple for brutalizing their 12-year-old daughter in Enugu (photos)

Ekea said the state Commissioner of Police, while frowning at the unbecoming occurrence of acts of child abuse, assault and inflicting of grievous bodily harm on children, has vowed to prosecute the suspects to serve as a deterrent to parents/guardians, who intend or have been committing such inhuman acts that infringe upon the personality and Fundamental Human Rights of children, especially susceptible ones.

He appealed to residents of the State to promptly report any person(s) found committing acts that impinge on the well-being and fundamental Human Rights of vulnerable children to the nearest Police Station or by calling the Command’s hotlines on: 08032003702, 08075390883, 08086671202 or 08098880172.

Police arrest couple for brutalizing their 12-year-old daughter in Enugu (photos)

Three Enugu-based non-governmental organisations on Saturday staged a protest against sexual harassment of female traders and buyers in Enugu market.

sexual harassment market protest
sexual harassment market protest

The groups, Market March (MM) in partnership with I Serve 2050 and Yali Enugu took the sensitisation march and protest to Ogbette Main Market with a view to ending the menace.

The Coordinator of I serve 2050, Mrs Juliet Lego, said the event was meant at bringing people of like minds together to fight the ugly trend.

Lego traced the history of the march to Lagos where one Damilola Marcus had mobilised against the complaints of women about the harassment they go through in market places.

Several cases of men touching, cat-calling, groping, bullying and intimidating women were mostly reported.

So, it prompted the first march to Yaba Market and the feedback of the walk showed that a lot of men felt entitled to always touch women as they liked, she said.

Lego said that the Lagos experience made it imperative to launch the campaign in Enugu.

Today, we have engaged traders of both sexes to explain to them that there are laws against sexual harassment, she said.

The Coordinator of Yali Enugu, Mrs Adora Uche-Ugwonna, said that the spate of sexual harassment at Ogbete Market was alarming.

Uche-Ugwonna said that a lot of women were being discouraged to enter the market because of their bitter experiences.

She advised male traders to face their businesses which had brought them out than being in the habit of touching women lustfully.

Mrs Chidiebere Nwabuo, a victim of sexual harassment expressed optimism that the issue of harassment in the market was about to be taken seriously.

Nwagbuo said that she once had an ugly experience on a day she went to the market.

“As I bent down to buy onions on a particular market day, a man grabbed me from behind and pushed me.

When I accosted him for his action he simply told me to shut up”, she said.

The Chief Security Officer of Ogbete Market, Mr Ezebinagu Kasie, said that the leadership of the market was fully in support of the campaign.

Kasie said that, henceforth, any trader found guilty of harassing anyone would lose their shop and be handed over to the police for appropriate action.

The Head of Programmes, Yali Enugu, Iheanyi Igbokon said the campaign would not be a one-off event but a continuous one.

Igbokon appealed to male traders to discipline themselves in order not to fall prey to the law. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the theme of the event was Nwanyi Bu Ife, meaning Womanhood is Significant.

The campaign was received with mixed reactions by traders in the market.

Some traders commended the exercise with the belief that sexual harassment was becoming a trademark of male traders, others saw nothing wrong with touching female traders and buyers.


Credit: Pulse News