…agency rescues 11 victims
Human traffickers have devised ways of eluding security by using motorcycles and donkeys to transport their victims across the nation’s borders.
Comptroller of the NIS in Katsina State, Mr. Mohammed Rabiu Yaro, made this known Monday while parading 11 victims rescued from suspected traffickers.
The victims were rescued last Saturday at various border posts in the state while trying to sneak into Niger Republic, enroute one of the European countries. Yaro said human traffickers now use “motorcycles and donkeys to ferry their victims” across the nation’s borders to neighbouring countries “to avoid detection by security operatives.” He said NIS was able to rescue the victims based on new strategies adopted by men of its intelligence unit.
He however, did not disclose which border areas the victims were rescued from, adding that doing so could jeopardise investigation being carried out to track down the traffickers.
Yaro said from investigation, it was learnt the intention was to ferrythe “victims across the border en-route Agadez, Niger Republic, to Libya and then to Italy.
“It was further established that none of the victims was in possession of any travel documents nor any means of livelihood.”
He reiterated commitment of the NIS to deal with the syndicate group in order to keep the state from being used as transit route for human trafficking.
He said the victims would be handed over to the zonal office of the National Agency for the Prohibition of Traffic in Persons and Other Related Matters, NAPTIP, for further action.
Some of the victims, who spoke to newsmen, said that they regretted their action and had acted out of ignorance and misinformation.
National Mirror reports that the victims included seven persons from Edo State, three from Delta and one from Kogi State.