Human Traffickers Arrested In Jigawa, Six Victims Rescued

The Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS) said on Sunday it rescued five men and a teenager from suspected traffickers in Birnin-Magaji border town, Babura Local Government Area of Jigawa. The state Comptroller of NIS, Mr Isah Jere, announced this while addressing newsmen in Dutse.

Jere said that investigation showed that the rescued men were being transported to Europe through the Niger-Libya axis. According to him, unfortunately, the traffickers escaped and abandoned their victims before the arrival of officers and men who were on patrol of the area. “The ugly trend has become more pronounced these days because of the quest for worldly materials among the youth,” Jere said.

The NIS chief said that his command would not relent in its efforts in the fight against illegal immigrants and human trafficking. He said that the victims would be handed over to the National Agency for Prohibition of Trafficking in Person (NAPTIP) for further investigation. Five suspected human traffickers were arrested by NIS at the same border town mid March.

Credit: NAN

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