Air Peace stops child trafficking attempt at MMA2

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Air Peace has stopped an attempt by a man and a woman from trafficking two babies at the Murtala Muhammed Airport Terminal 2, Lagos.

Spokesman for the airline, Mr. Stanley Olisa, said in a release that the carrier’s passenger service and security personnel had suspected the two Asaba-bound adult travellers at the check-in counter and interrogated them.

He stated that when they were asked to give information about the babies, they said the infants aged three, were meant to be taken to the UK to unite with their parents but in the same breath that they were to be sent to Zimbabwe for adoption

“On June 7, 2021, at MMA2, around 12:00 hours, a man and a woman, carrying two babies, approached our counter for check-in.

“Our passenger service executive, being suspicious of the duo’s behaviour, questioned them about the babies. They said the babies belonged to them and were travelling to Asaba.   

“The two adults gave conflicting explanations to different staff- that the babies were being taken to United Kingdom to unite them with their parents and later they said they were sending the babies to Zimbabwe for adoption.

“Upon further questioning, they confessed that they were not the parents of the babies.

“Consequently, Air Peace’s Security Unit took both of them to the MMA2 Police Station where they admitted they were agents who traffic children for adoption.

“The police said they would transfer the case to the National Agency for Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) for further investigation and action,” Oliseh said. 

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