- Rambo, a notorious Nigerian human trafficker, has been arrested
- 25-year-old John Ogais was said to have been arrested in southern Italy
- He is said to have touched and murdered at least two people
A Nigerian human trafficker known as “Rambo” has been arrested in Italy on charges of torturing and killing migrants held captive in Libya, Italian police said Tuesday, June 20.
John Ogais, 25, was arrested in Calabria in southern Italy.
Detectives in Sicily testimony from migrants who accuse Ogais of torturing people held captive in a makeshift prison.
Two men had reportedly died at his hands.
“While I was inside that ghetto, where it was impossible to escape, I heard that a man who called himself Rambo had killed a migrant,” one of the witnesses said according to the police statement. “My cousin and others tried to escape but they were caught and tortured nearly to death.”
Another said: “Once I saw Rambo the Nigerian kill a migrant he had gagged and tortured for a long time.”
A third witness said he saw Rambo beat an underage boy and a man to death.
Libya has long been a stepping stone for migrants seeking a better life in Europe and people smugglers have stepped up their lucrative business in the chaos which has engulfed the country since its 2011 revolution.
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People rescued at sea have described harrowing ransom situations in which captors lock up migrants and demand their families send money to buy their freedom. Those who fail to comply are executed.
Reports have also emerged of ruthless traffickers burying people alive on the beaches of Libya if they refuse to board unseaworthy dinghies and overcrowded boats.
Despite the dangers, many of those arriving in Libya — fleeing conflict or poverty — find it almost impossible to get out again, if not by sea.
NAIJ.com had reported that the Federal Government on Monday, February 27, evacuated 41 Nigerian girls who were trafficked to Mali for forced labour and sexual exploitation.
NAIJ.com reports that six persons, alleged to be human traffickers, were also arrested and brought back to the country alongside their victims.
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