Page 9, 3rd January 1936

3rd January 1936
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Page 9, 3rd January 1936 — CHILD-STEALING AND SLAVE-TRADING Nigerian Police Investigation

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CHILD-STEALING AND SLAVE-TRADING Nigerian Police Investigation

In the House of Commons, before the recess, Mr. AMMON asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether his attention has been drawn to a passage in the annual report on Nigeria for 1934, in which it is stated that the practice of childstealing and slave-dealing in children is prevalent in certain provinces of Southern Nigeria; and what steps are being taken to combat this practice?

Mr. THOMAS: Yes. sir. The police were engaged during 1934 on the investigation of child-stealing and slave-raiding in the South-Eastern provinces, and a number of cases were brought before the courts.

At the end of the year the investigations were being continued, but the results have not yet been reported.

I may mention that in 1932 the government of Nigeria decided to increase the maximum penalty for child-stealing and slave-raiding from seven to fourteen years.

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