‘Yes, I sold my 15-yr-old cousin as a sex-slave for 10k to start my business' - Suspect

An evil uncle who kidnapped is sister's daughter and sold her to pimps as a sex-slave says he needed the money to set up his business.

Kelvin Okorie and Ogbonna

There has been a final end to the saga involving a 15-year-old secondary school girl, Precious Ugochi Okoro, who was sold into sex slavery in Libya almost a year ago, as the person who struck the deal happens to be her maternal uncle, 27-year-old Kelvin Okorie, who has confessed to the police that he got the paltry sum of N10,000 in exchange for selling his sister's daughter, so as to start his own business.

Okorie was among five members of the syndicate who were arrested by operatives of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), of the Lagos State Police Command after intensive investigations led by the famous Superintendent Abba Kyari.

Other members of the gang include Innocent Onyekwe, 38, Ugwu Christopher, 37, Christian Mercy, 19, and Ogbonna Njioku, 20.

But Okorie, in his confession, said he only agreed to selling the girl so that he could collect the sum to invest in a business but did not know she was going to be used as a sex slave.

He told the police that his friends in Libya alleged that they could help young Nigerian girls to secure employment in supermarkets and gas stations.

Hear his confession:

"I ran into Precious Ugochi Okoro, my sister’s daughter at Ojota. I had never met her before then, she was the one who identified me.

She said she was my cousin’s daughter and that she had some problems. She took me to where she was staying at Ojota.

She said that some cultists tried to kidnap her and the guy she was putting up with rescued her. I was with one of my friends whose name is Daniel.

During our discussion, Daniel said she could assist Ugochi to travel to Libya. Daniel had planned to travel to Dubai but was scammed by some criminals.

He said that he was in touch with the guys in Libya and that he was sure that they would assist Ugochi. I was happy I would have somebody overseas.

The next day, the three of us went to see Ogbonna at Alaba International Market. It was Daniel who opened the discussion with Ogbonna. During the discussion, I discovered that Ogbonna’s younger brother was the one in Libya.

They both agreed that Ugochi should be brought to Libya. Three days later, we came back to Alaba to meet Ogbonna.

After the deal had been sealed, Daniel gave me N10, 000. At first, I said that the money was too small and I appealed to them to add something to it. I needed the money to set up my business.

In short, we concluded and they fixed the trip for next day. However, Ugochi initially refused. She said that she was still in school and secondly, her mother would not agree.

I was able to convince her that she could continue her education anywhere in the world and that all she needed was a good job.

Daniel promised that they would get a job for her either as petrol station attendant or in a supermarket."

While parading the suspects, the state Police Commissioner, Kayode Aderanti, explained that the move to rescue the kidnapped girl started some time in April last year when she was kidnapped.

"On April 25, 2014, one Precious Ugochi Okoro, of No. 55 Igboroko Street, Lakuwe, Ajah, Lagos, who was on her way back to school in Ikenne, Ogun State was kidnapped.

The , after two months of holding the victim against her will and all rules of decency, contacted her parents using various telephone numbers and demanding for various sums of money ranging from 30,000 US Dollars, N200, 000 and N30, 000 respectively as ransom.

They also furnished different account numbers as details for receiving the demanded ransom."

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