3 medical officers arrested over child trafficking arraigned in court

3 medical officers from Mama Lucy Hospital have been arraigned in court in connection with a child trafficking syndicate.

The three Fred Leparan, Emma Mutio and Regina Musembi were arrested on Tuesday 17th, by officers from the DCI and are said to be behind a child trafficking group highlighted in an exclusive expose broadcasted on BBC news.

The three have been remanded at Kilimani police station pending the hearing or an application which will be heard on Thursday 19th November.

According to the documents provided in court, the 1st respondent is seen in a clip negotiating with an undercover journalist to sell a child that had been abandoned at Mama Lucy Hospital.

The 2nd and 3rd respondents were arrested after the 1st respondent roped them in, with police officers saying the two are likely accomplices of the 1st respondent.

Inspector General of Police Hilary Mutyambai says investigations on the trafficking syndicate are ongoing saying there is a likely hood that more people will be arrested.

Mutyambai said the police officers working with other partners have unearthed a child trafficking syndicate in Nairobi that involves local public hospitals and children homes.

“In the course of investigations and operations, it is unfortunate that it was realized that senior medical officers in collusion with child smugglers are highly involved,” He said.

Mutyambai has now directed all County Police Commanders to work closely with local children officers and other local security agencies to immediately undertake investigations on matters touching on child trafficking in their respective regions especially in local public, private hospitals and children homes.

He also appealed to members of the public to volunteer information on any suspicious activities involving child trafficking saying the information will be used with utmost confidentiality.



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