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Pastor Simon Kado has been arrested by the members of the Federal Capital Territory Police Command’s Rapid Response Squad 74 for child trafficking.

Kado was arrested alongside his relative, Jesse Simon-Kado, and their driver, Muhammad Isah on Friday while transporting 12 underage minors—eight girls and four boys aged five to 16—from Nasarawa State to Ogun State.

The Commands Public Relations Officer, SP Josephine Adeh, announced the development in a statement on Saturday.

Adeh said, “Operatives of the FCT Police Command attached to the Rapid Response Squad 74, on Friday, February 9, at about 12:55 am, intercepted one Muhammad Isah, male, of Kafanchan, Kaduna State, in a Toyota Hiace bus with Reg No. APP 489 XE, conveying twelve; four male and eight female; underaged children to a destination later discovered to be in Ogun State.

“Preliminary investigation revealed that the children, whose ages are between five and 16 years old, all from Akwanga LGA, Nasarawa State, were being trafficked to Ogun State by Pastor Simon Kado, a male, and Jesse Simon-Kado, a male, who are now presently in police custody.

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“While the investigation is still ongoing and efforts are underway with Nasarawa State Police Command on how to reunite victims with their respective families, the Commissioner of Police FCT, Benneth Igweh, wishes to reiterate that the safety of residents remains his utmost priority.”

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