Nigeria’s leading airline Air Peace’s personnel have again demonstrated strong vigilance and crime alertness by foiling the attempted trafficking of two babies by a man and a woman on June 7, 2021, at the Murtala Muhammed Airport, Terminal 2, Lagos.
This information is contained in a media statement issued by the Spokesperson of the airline, Stanley Olisa, who revealed that Air Peace’s Passenger Service Executives and Security Personnel smelt a rat when the two adults- Obi Emmanuel and Silas Favour, travelling to Asaba, were being checked-in at the counter.
The statement reads: “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”.
Olisa disclosed that as the suspicion intensified, the two adults, who hinted that the babies were 3 months old each, were further questioned by another counter attendant and some security personnel, but they gave a different narrative. “The two adults gave conflicting explanations to different staff- that the babies were being taken to the United Kingdom to unite them with their parents, and later they said they were sending the babies to Zimbabwe for adoption”, he added, while also commending the staff for preventing the crime.
Upon further questioning, the adults 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.
It can be recalled that the Air Peace crew prevented two child trafficking schemes in June 2018 on a Lagos–Banjul flight and in January 2019 on a Lagos-Port Harcourt flight respectively.