Kada News Mag Thursday reported that suspected child Traffickers were arrested along Kaduna-Zaria express way. Today it was gathered that The United Church of Christ in Nigeria, Kaduna had issued a statement on Friday saying the children were its Sunday School pupils and the adults with them their teachers.
According to the church, the children were on their way to attend the HEKAN National Sunday school camp in company with their teachers when they were arrested by the FRSC officials.
The Vice President of HEKAN, Rev. Emmanuel Nama, who signed the statement, had dismissed the FRSC’s story as “false and baseless” and demanded public apology from the Corps.
However The Federal Road Safety Corps has defended its arrest of the two suspected child traffickers, the Corps Public Education Officer of the FRSC, Bisi Kazeem, told the News Agency of Nigeria on phone that the travellers were held after the two adults failed to satisfactorily explain their movement.
Kazeem also ruled out any apology, saying the FRSC did not pass judgment on the suspects as insinuated by the church.
He said: “No apologies at all because the essence of investigation is to find out … and that is why we said ‘suspected traffickers’, we didn’t say they were traffickers.
“In law, once you accost somebody or someone you say ‘alleged or suspected”.
“So, if eventually investigation is done by agencies concerned and they say ‘well, they are so so and so’, then so be it.”
The church however said the children were now at the headquarters of HEKAN on Katsina Road for the Annual Sunday school camp.