- A 23-year-old girl has been rescued by some personnel of the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) from the grip of human traffickers in Katsina
- Ajisafe Olusola, the NIS boss in the state, revealed that the victim was deceived by the traffickers who promised her a better life abroad
- Olusola said that the victim would be handed over to the service headquarters for further necessary action
The Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) has rescued a 23-year-old girl from human traffickers in Katsina state, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.
The comptroller of NIS in the state, Ajisafe Olusola, disclosed this to journalists on Monday, August 20, in Katsina. Olusola said that the victim was arrested by NIS operatives at Kongolam, a border town with Niger Republic.
The comptroller said that the traffickers deceived the victim’s parents on the pretense of securing a job for her abroad.
‘’The parents of the innocent girl were lured by one Mr Seun, now residing in Niger Republic who is suspected to be the kingpin of the syndicate. The suspected kingpin promised to secure job of house-help for the victim in Niger.
"The victim’s parents sourced the sum of N50,000 which was paid into the account of one Afolabi Sakirat as traveling expenses of their daughter,’’ he said.
According to him, the victim possessed an ECOWAS travel certificate and a temporary voter’s card.
‘’They changed the name of the victim from Adeoye Oluwaseyi of Akure, Ondo State to Hadiza Bello, Dala of Kano State, to deceive security agents while on her way to Niger Republic.
"I want to draw the attention of parents to the dangers associated with the ugly trend of human trafficking. I also want to assure you of the determination of the Nigeria Immigration Service to rid our country of the menace of human trafficking and irregular migration,’’ he said.
The comptroller said that the victim would be handed over to the service headquarters for further necessary action.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com reported that the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) declared that no fewer than 41 people had been convicted for various forms of human trafficking across the country in 2017.
The director-general of the agency, Julie Okah-Donli, disclosed this while speaking with the newsmen after a road walk to sensitise people against human trafficking in Abuja.
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