A Lagos based pastor who runs a human trafficking ring has been arrested.
A self-acclaimed Pastor and General Overseer of a new generation pentecostal church in Lagos, has been arrested over allegation of human trafficking.
According to reports, the pastor was arrested by the Nigeria Immigration Service operatives attached to the Lagos State Command, after one Benedicta Okolo who was arrested earlier, fingered him as the facilitator of the trafficking syndicate.
The 24-year-old Okolo was arrested after she had gone to the office of the NIS to process an e-passport with false identity.
Upon interrogation, Okolo told the officers that it was the pastor who procured the e-passport for her to procure a Dubai visa.
The Comptroller of Immigration in the state, spoke on the arrest:
“Benedicta is a victim of a trafficking ring. But our eagle-eyed officers noticed the discrepancies in her biodata.
She lied to the passport officers that her name is Miss Karem Rachel, but investigation showed she is Benedicta Elejo Okolo.
Following her confession, we arrested her facilitator, a pastor, and we have handed the suspects to the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Person, NAPTIP.
Okolo said she met one Mr. Charles Arinze and his sister, who claimed that they reside in Dubai, on social media.
Following their interaction, Okolo was invited to Lagos where she met one Agnes Chinyere, who later took her to a herbalist where hair from her private part, armpit, head and her blood were taken by the herbalist.
They took her the next day to the airport with a proxy passport where she was refused departure. She was, thereafter, asked to meet the said Pastor.”