The National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP), in collaboration with the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), rescued nine Liberians and six Nigerians from human traffickers in Kano.
Speaking to reporters on Wednesday, the NAPTIP Northwest Zone Commander in charge of Kano, Abdullahi Babale, revealed that the victims were apprehended by NIS agents in Kano State and handed over to NAPTIP for further investigation.
According to him, the victims were Liberian citizens comprising five women and four men.
He added that “our investigation revealed that their trip was influenced by someone who previously traveled to Agadez, Niger Republic and received an empowerment program from the International Organization for Migration” .
He noted that the agency had launched a thorough investigation into the case, with a view to bringing the perpetrators to justice and reuniting the victims with their families.
He further disclosed that NAPTIP rescued six victims of human trafficking and arrested one person suspected of facilitating an illegal trip to Kano.
He said “the person caused the victims to also receive the same empowerment program in Agadez and return to Liberia via Kano.”
Reports indicate that agents from the agency rescued the victims at Kwanar Madugu in the Ungogo local government area of Kano, while traveling to Libya via Kano.
He however said that “the victims, two women and four men, while the alleged facilitator of the journey is also a man, and an investigation reveals that they are natives of Edo State en route to Libya for be exploited there”.
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