Operatives of the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) from the Benin Zonal Command have finally arrested a 33-year-old man, Monday Ugbo, for human trafficking.
Three victims were also rescued from his residence located at Osayande Street, Upper Sakponba Road, Benin City, Edo State.
Operatives of the agency had been on his trail for several weeks, following regular mention of his name in a number of human trafficking cases being handled by the Zonal Command.
Acting on intelligence reports that he was harbouring some girls in his house preparatory to their movement abroad, operatives swooped on the notorious trafficker in the early hours of Friday and caught him in the process of receiving a registration fee of N50,000 he had demanded from a prospective victim.
Preliminary investigations revealed that he was also preparing to take the three girls to a river that morning for oath taking before they embark on the journey to Europe.
NAPTIP said Ugbo, who claimed to be a bricklayer, has been in the business of human trafficking for a long time and operates with another woman currently at large.
Reacting, NAPTIP Director-General, Barrister Julie Okah-Donli, commended the operatives for apprehending the suspect.