Belarus have repatriated about 20 young Edo girls who went to Eastern Europe for prostitution but claimed to be members of Nigeria’s female football national team on a training tour.
The girls who dressed up in Nigeria’s national team jerseys (not the one pictured) were recently arrested after they landed at Belarus’ international airport in eastern Europe, and repatriated.
Meanwhile, a lawyer and human rights activist, Chief Gabriel Giwa Amu has accused a serving Police officer and his wife of being the leader of the prostitution ring that arranged the trip for the girls.
In a statement made available to orijoreporter, Amu gave the policeman’s name as Ehis Itua, who is currently serving with the Edo State Police Command and in particular seconded to the Edo State Commissioner of Police, who he alleged in tandem with his wife, Mrs. Vera Ebuwa Itua, conspired to procure persons for prostitution.
The statement further revealed that sometime on April 10, 2014, Mrs. Vera Ebuwa Itua and her husband, Mr. Ehis Itua rented a three-storey building at No 19, Shamsuddeen Jaisimi Street, Sholebo, Ikorodu, for undisclosed reasons and that on August 2, 2014, they brought in thirteen single girls, all of Bini descent, from Edo state.
According to Giwa, upon enquiry it was discovered that these girls were brought to Lagos by the said Mrs. Vera Itua and her husband, and were procured for the purpose of human trafficking and prostitution.
Giwa revealed that on August 4, 2014, the girls, spotting Nigeria National Football jerseys, were spotted at the Murtala Mohammed Airport and that they did fly out to Belarus but were repatriated because they were not accompanied with the mandatory Letter of Invitation and Basic Travelling Allowance (BTA).
Urging the National Agency For the Prohibition of Traffic In Persons and Other Related Offences (NAPTIP) to investigate the couple, Giwa noted that till date, they are still perpetrating the act, suspected to be human trafficking and aiding in prostitution while alleging that the policeman uses his Police connection in protecting his wife.