Operatives of the Nigeria Police INTERPOL National Central Bureau (NCB), in Abuja, have arrested two Kano State-based international child pornography syndicate.
The suspects were identified as Ibrahim Muazzam Mohammad Aminu and Mohammad Tahir Umar.
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’.
The said WhatsApp sited is believed to be owned and managed by a Brazilian called Adriana.
The arrest of the duo followed intelligence report received from the INTERPOL NCB, Brasilia.
Exhibits recovered from the suspects included three mobile phones and a Laptop computer.
Forensic investigations/analysis carried out by the Police team on the gadgets revealed series of pornographic/erotic videos with underage girls which the suspects shared on the internet for a fee denominated in US Dollars.
In the same vein, Inspector General of Police, Mr. Mihammed Adamu has said that a total of 2,792 suspects were arrested by the Police for Sexual and Gender-Based Violence and other sexual related offences in 2020.
The arrests are linked to the 2,573 cases currently being prosecuted under the Force Gender Unit in various courts across the country.
Others are still under active investigations.
In a statement by Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Commissioner of Police Frank Mba, enjoined parents and guardians to keep a close watch on their children and wards and report any incidents of abuse against women and children.
He expressed 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.
The statement further said that the suspects would be arraigned in court upon completion of investigations.