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BI ops arrest Nigerian national involved in trafficking of 9-month-old baby

BUREAU of Immigration (BI) operatives arrested on Friday a Nigerian national involved in the trafficking of a 9-month-old baby girl.

In a report to BI Commissioner Jaime Morente, Fugitive Search Unit (FSU) Chief Rendel Ryan Sy said that the alien was identified as Ifeanyi Bright Okoro, 31, who was arrested at the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) Compound along Taft Avenue, Manila.

Okoro was arrested pursuant to a mission order issued by Morente for posing a risk to public safety and security. He made headlines last week after being found by the NBI to have been allegedly involved in the sale of a baby.

The baby’s mother was reportedly heavily indebted because of e-sabong or online cockfighting.

“Apart from being undesirable, he was also found to be overstaying, because his visa has long expired in 2018,” said Sy.

Okoro remains at the NBI’s custody as he was also charged for violation of RA 7610 or the Special Protection Against Children Abuse, Exploitation and Discrimination and for other purposes, and Kidnapping under the Revised Penal Code of the Philippines.

Morente commended the FSU operatives for the arrest. “These undesirable aliens have no place in the country as they are a threat to our society,” said Morente.

He clarified that Okoro would have to face his local cases first before being deported.

“If the local courts deem that he should serve time for his crimes, then he should complete that before being deported,” said Morente. (TSJ)


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