- 14 victims of human trafficking have been rescued by NAPTIP operatives, following a tip-off
- The victims were intercepted at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Airport, just before they embarked on their journey to Saudi Arabia
- Two alleged traffickers have also been arrested and the victims are being profiled at the NAPTIP HQ to ascertain their proper and correct identities
The National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) has rescued 14 victims at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja.
The head of press and public relations of NAPTIP, Josiah Emerole, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Thursday, February 15, that the operation followed a tip off.
NAIJ.com gathers that Emerole explained that the victims, who were rescued around the mosque at the airport, comprised of 14 women and two men.
“Officers of NAPTIP, following a tip-off, intercepted a group of 14 women between the ages of 15-60 years travelling to Saudi Arabia via the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja.
“The two agents from Kano who accompanied them on the trip had been arrested and detained by the Nigeria Immigration Service and the Department of State Services as investigation is ongoing.
“The interception and arrest of two agents travelling with the women came as a result of a patriotic Nigerian’s observations of the women’s movement and activities at the airport.
“It is unclear yet as to the purpose of their trip to Saudi Arabia, though, in recent time, there have been increasing reports of exploitation being experienced by labour migrants in countries in the Middle East," he said.
Emerole assured that NAPTIP would leave no stone unturned in ensuring that more Nigerians do not end up as victims of exploitation in foreign countries.
He said that the victims were being profiled at the NAPTIP headquarters to ascertain their proper and correct identities.
The suspects reportedly wanted to take the victims to their destination in Saudi Arabia through Abuja en-route Lagos before they were nabbed at the Abuja airport.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously reported that the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons arraigned a 30-year-old housewife, Khadija Yahaya, for allegedly dipping the two hands of a 2-year old boy, Abubakar Yahaya, who is her step-son into boiling water, causing him serious harm.
The accused was slammed with a two-count charge and arraigned before a High Court of the Federal Capital Territory sitting in Bwari, Abuja presided over by Justice A. O. Musa.
NAPTIP had arrested the woman said to be the second wife of the husband, Mr. Yahaya following a tip off from concerned Nigerians.
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