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Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Nigeria: Immigration Rescues 17 Victims of Human Trafficking in Sokoto

Daily Trust (Abuja)

Rakiya A. Muhammad
23 August 2011

Sokoto — Nigeria Immigration Service, Sokoto state command at the weekend rescued 17 victims of human trafficking including nine females and eight males.
The victims who were intercepted last Saturday at Rabah village of Sokoto state were yesterday paraded at the state Immigration service command.

Comptroller of Immigration Sokoto Command, Abdulmumini Abdulmalik said the victims were on their way to Republic of Niger frontiers via Illela border enroute Italy and France before they were rescued.
He stated that the victim have been thoroughly interrogated and would be handed NAPTIP for necessary action.
According to him, efforts are on to trace and arrest the anchor man and his collaborators for possible prosecution.
Some of the victims who spoke confessed that they were on their way outside the country to seek for employment, lamenting that they had been unable to secure employments in the country while their families look onto them for sustenance.
Meanwhile the victims were yesterday handed over to National Agency for the Prohibition and Trafficking in Persons, NAPTIP.
NAPTIP zonal coordinator, Shehu Umar asserted that they would look into the matter critically to determine whether there were traffickers among them or not.

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