Police nab international child porn syndicate in Kano

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The Nigeria Police Force (NPF) has nabbed two Kano State-based members of a trans-border/international child porn syndicate.

In a Sunday statement, Force Public Relations Officer (FPRO), CP Frank Mba, identified the suspects as Ibrahim Muazzam Mohammad Aminu and Mohammad Tahir Umar.

He disclosed that the syndicate specialised in sexually abusing and taking undue advantage of underage girls and disseminating the video recordings of the illicit sexual act on an international social media Whatsapp group chat known as “Pervertidos”.

He said that the group chat was owned and managed by a Brazilian called Adriana.

According to Mba, the suspects were nabbed by operatives of the Nigeria Police INTERPOL National Central Bureau (NCB) Abuja.

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“Their arrest followed intelligence received from the INTERPOL NCB, Brasilia.

“Exhibits recovered from the suspects include: three (3) mobile phones and a Laptop computer.

“Forensic investigations/analysis carried out by the Police team on the gadgets revealed the series of pornographic/erotic videos with underage girls which the suspects shared on the internet for a fee denominated in US Dollars,” the statement read in part.

Meanwhile, the statement quoted Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu as noting that a total of 2,792 suspects were arrested by the police for Sexual and Gender-Based Violence and other sexual related offences in the year 2020.

“The arrests are linked to the two thousand, five hundred and seventy-three (2,573) cases currently being prosecuted under the Force Gender Unit in various courts across the country.

“Others are still under active investigations.

“The IGP enjoins parents and guardians to keep a close watch on their children and wards and report any incidents of abuse against women and children.

“He expresses his displeasure with the prevailing culture of silence in concealing crimes against women and children and calls for improved collaboration with the Police, assuring that the Force is well repositioned to protect women and children and confront violent crimes in the country.

“All the suspects will be arraigned in court on completion of investigations,” the statement further read.

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