Two Kano based men, Ibrahim Muazzam Mohammad Aminu and Mohammad Tahir Umar, have been arrested by operatives of the Nigeria Police INTERPOL National Central Bureau (NCB) Abuja, for their involvement in international child pornography.
Spokesman of the Nigeria Police Force, CP Frank Mba, who disclosed this in a statement on Sunday, January 31, said investigations revealed that the suspects are members of a trans-border/international child porn syndicate which sexually abuse and take undue advantage of underage girls and disseminate the video recordings of the illicit sexual act on an international social media Whatsapp group chat known as “Pervertidos”, owned and managed by a Brazilian called Adriana.
Mba’s statement read in parts; “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 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”.
Meanwhile, the IGP notes 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 statement added that the suspects will be arraigned in court on completion of investigations.