Few days back it was reported that an Edo state Pastor Endurance Ehioze and his sister, Vivian were arrested for luring a 17-year-old girl Florence Abu into prostitution in Russia four years ago.
Pastor Ehioze was said to have recruited Abu who is a member of his church and now 23 years old for his sister in Russia. The young lady has now been deported to Nigeria following a strange ailment she is suffering from.
Vanguard reports that the state commissioner of police Haliru Gwandu, whose men arrested the human traffickers, described their arrest as a fight against human trafficking in the state. The criminals have been remanded in prison by the magistrate court.
Abu who is still seriously ill narrated her ordeal saying: “It all started in 2012 when a pastor in my church, Endurance Ehioze, called me to say he wanted to see me. He asked me if I will like to travel out of the country and I said yes. I told him that I was constrained financially; so he said money was not the problem and that he had a sister abroad that will finance my trip. He further told me that I could pay off the sister off in less than two months after my arrival abroad. He added that I shouldn’t be afraid of making money abroad since and I am a good singer and hair stylist. The pastor further told me that I might be lucky to even come across a white man that will support me. Later, he (Endurance} gave me her sister’s number in Russia called Vivian Ehioze. When I flashed her, she called me and introduced herself. She asked me if I was interested in leaving the country, saying as long as I was interested I should get my passport ready which I did by borrowing N30, 000 from LAPO, and I called her to tell her that my passport was ready.”
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The young lady further added that she had to take an oath with Vivian’s mother before she was sent to Lagos where one of her brothers forcefully slept with her for two weeks.
Abu said: “She asked me to give the passport to Pastor Endurance (the brother) as he will handle everything. She gave me words of encouragement that everything will be fine. Few days later, she called again to say I should pack my luggage and take it to her mother’s place enroute to Lagos. But when I got to the mother’s place, she told me it was late to travel to Lagos that same day. The next morning, she woke me up and said there must be an agreement between us because many girls, when they get to Russia, don’t often pay her daughter back the money spent to take them abroad. So, she said, she must take something from me as an oath and that once I finished paying her daughter, I will have to pay her some money as well. I was surprised that Endurance, who is a pastor, encouraged me to undertake such oath. I had thought that as a Christian we will do it the Christian way. Finally, the mother took strands of hair from my head, armpit, private part and she also collected my pant for the oath taking.”
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