Group accuses IDP officials of selling children for up to N100,000

An organization, Open Data and Data Visualization Training in Africa, Orodata, has exposed the alleged fraudulent activities of some government officials managing the Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs camps across the country.

The organization said group leaders who call themselves ‘Lords’ are allegedly involved in a massive child trafficking scam in the camps.

An info graphics chart revealed the breakdown of child trafficking system in IDPs camps.

Although the organization did not disclose in which IDP camps this dastardly act is taking place, it says it is a ‘low-key’ affair that even the National Agency for the Prohibition of Traffic in Persons, NAPTIP, is yet to be aware of.
Orodata, in a series of tweets ‏via @Orodata on Thursday said the ongoing child trafficking scam in the IDPs camps has gone out of hand.

See tweets below:

“Nigeria – Trafficking in the IDP camps; stories no one wants to talk about, stories no one wants to believe.

“Both male and female children are sold between 10,000 and 100,000 by the traffickers.

“Re-Telling #IDPs Stories Using Visual Data and Infographics #IDPsTracker has revealed that child trafficking biz is a thriving and well-run racket in most IDP camps.

“That foods are not being supplied, no water or medication for sick kids. That they should be taken care of or sent back to their villages.

“An IDP rep says they are not fighting but fighting for their survival to protest against hunger and thirst in their respective camps. The protesters involve mostly women and children.

“Hundreds of IDPs have left their camps and have taken to the streets, while certain persons have been taking advantage of IDPs situation to enrich themselves, no asked what will happen when the IDPs get tired.”

The organization also claimed that there was evidence that government officials and leaders of groups operate an elaborate system through which they smuggle children out of IDP camps to make money and parents are forced to keep quiet through threats that they would be kicked out of camp into the waiting hands of Boko Haram insurgents.
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  1. Am surprised we have heard allegations of food meant for IDP being sold, children dying of hunger, now selling of children and the EFCC don't see it as a priority to probe this shameful act's. I guess this is not corruption enough to warrant the attention of our heroic EFCC who have fought gallantly but are yet to win a match.

    Please someone needs to look into the matter thoroughly. These people's only crime is being Nigerians.


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