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Saturday, October 1, 2011

Philipine Police Arrest 8 Nigerians Over Alleged Sex Trade Involving Minors


A scandalous allegation of having sex with
minor Philippine girls have been made
against 8 out of the 96 Nigerian boys from
Niger Delta who were on the sponsorship of
the Federal Government of Nigeria Amnesty
programme in far-away Philippine.

The Nigerian suspects stands the risk of
being thrown into jail for the next 18 years
unless they cough out 1million pesos each
(about N3.5m). Already, the organizers of
the programme have dished out about 5
million pesos to Philippine Police to amend
the charges in order to give the boys a
leeway out of the hook of the law.

The Head of the Philippine National Police
Criminal Investigation and Detection Group
(CIDG), Samuel Pagdilao said the Nigerians
were arrested last Wednesday inside a hotel
in Manilla for allegedly engaging in a sex
trade involving female minors.

He gave the names of the suspects as ;
Lucky Nelson, 24, Dumalo Gbue, 25,
Yerebbari Neemana, 29, Owki Baknanawe,
29, Sundah Korobriowei Mathew, 29, Gabriel
Tekena, 28, Worlo Enyi, 25 and Mark Jack,
24.

According to him, “the authorities learned
about the suspects’ illegal activities after
receiving an e-mail complaint from the
mother of one of the minors alleging that
“The [minors] were being sold to the
suspects for sexual services at the hotel.”

The complainant also sought the assistance
of CIDG for the rescue of her daughter,” In a
rescue operation at about 10 p.m. of
Wednesday, CIDG operatives saw a certain
Emma Cruz, believed to be the minors’
“handler,” negotiating with the Nigerians
outside the hotel.

The victims were being peddled to the
suspect for P1, 500 each. Authorities then
arrested the Nigerians after the
complainant-mother, who went along with
the CIDG operatives, recognized one of the
minors being “sold” as her 14-year-old
daughter. But the alleged “handler” eluded
arrest.”

Pagdilao said charges for violation of the
Anti-violence Against Women and Children
Law and the Anti-human Trafficking in
Person Law are being prepared against the
suspects and lauded the CIDG’s “Project
Angel Net,” a police campaign introduced by
the CIDG to prevent children from becoming
victims of cyber- sex, cyber -pornography,
and other trafficking and sex trade-related
abuses.

However, in a swift reaction, most of the
Nigerian boys undergoing the programme
told Crime Guard on phone that it was a
frame up geared towards extorting money
from them. One of them who craved for
strict anonymity gave a vivid account of
what really took place on the day in
question.

According to him, “At about 10pm local time,
our boys who have the habit of seating in
front of their hotel of residence, saw the
police arrive in three SUV Van and began
arresting as much of the blacks as they saw.

Some of the boys were able to run into their
hotel room and by that escaped being
arrested. They were taken to Campo Crame,
a police Village in Quzon City. We went there
and were told by the police officers that the
boys were arrested for engaging minors in
sex.
“We got a lawyer who came to negotiate
for us. We, however, discovered it was a
setup organized by the police and some of
their informants (who, one of the boys) had
engaged before for sex as a prostitute
which is called pokpok in filipino language
and did not pay her.

In truth, the boys did not commit the
offense as charged, but it is a common
thing for Philippine police to set foreigners
up and extort money from them. When we
went into negotiation, they asked us to pay
1,000,000.00 pesos per person or they will
charge them and make sure they go in for a
minimum of 18 years jail term here in the
Philippines.

They have perfected a process that will
make it difficult for the boys to be acquitted
as well as delay court process till the end of
our stay. We were left with no option but to
negotiate with them.

We involved the Nigerian Embassy, and the
Ambassador, Mr. S.A.O Egurube, Charge
d’Affaires en titre / Head of Mission and Mr.
Abraham E. Okoliko who is the Minister
(Consular and Information) among other
staff of the embassy, were at the police
station.

“However, their presence made the police
uncomfortable and as such, the boys were
charged to court without further delay. The
embassy had to withdraw so that we could
negotiate effectively.

At this point, we gave the police 5 million
pesos and the charges were amended to
give the boy a leeway out of the hook of
the law. At present, a court process is going
on and by the grace of God, they will be out
in, at most, 2 weeks time. We are still
spending more money in the court process
to fast track it.”

Crime Guard also gathered that the
Phillippine Star, a local tabloid celebrated the
story against the Nigerian boys who are
studying pipe line and underwater welding
at MFI Foundation.

Source: Vanguard

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