A 50-year-old, woman Idowu Ademola, who allegedly specialized in trafficking foreigners for domestic servitude across the country, have been arrested by operatives of the Inspector General Police Special Intelligence Response Team, IRT, in Ibadan, Oyo State.
Police source disclosed that Ademola was arrested recently, when officials of the National Agency for Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons, NAPTIP, who were on her trail following reports of her activities, sought the assistance of the Inspector General of Police, Adamu Mohammed, to track and apprehend the suspect.
It further disclosed that Ademola ran into trouble when a 17-year-old Togolese, identified simply as Mary, who Ademola, trafficked to the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, to work as a housemaid sustained severe burns from a pressure cooker accident.
It was learned that Official of NAPTIP, were contacted when doctors at the hospital where the Togolese maid was being treated discovered that she was trafficked into the country illegally to work as a maid for a woman identified as Angel and her salaries were being paid Ademola.
It was further revealed that Angela was arrested by the officials of NAPTIP in Abuja and she confessed during interrogations that she met Ademola who gave her the maid through one Folake Adelore, but when she was arrested, she told the NAPTIP officials that she doesn’t know where Ademola lives.
The situation prompted a request to the IGP to deploy his operatives at the IRT headed by Deputy Commissioner of Police, Abba Kyari, to arrest Ademola.
When Ademola, a widow and a native of Okitipuka area of Ondo State was interrogated she told police that she wasn’t aware that it was criminal offence to bring foreigners into the country and give them out as domestic help.