The Director-General of the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons, Basheer Garba-Mohammed, on Monday said the agency apprehended four suspected human traffickers and rescued 19 victims in Kano.
Garba-Mohammed, represented by Abdullahi Babale, NAPTIP Kano Zonal Commander, said this while briefing newsmen.
According to him, the four suspected traffickers are males, while the rescued victims are females between the ages of 14 and 29.
He said: “The agency received an intelligence report that the suspects harboured the victims in their house situated at Jigawa State before moving them in batches to Niger Republic.
“The victims were on transit from Ondo, Ekiti, Delta, Anambra, Edo, Osun, Kogi, Akwa Ibom, Kwara, Ogun and Lagos states enroute to Rivers, Oyo, Osun, Delta and Ogun States then to Euroupe via Libya.
“On receiving the information, a special operation was coordinated by NAPTIP Joint Border Task Force in collaboration with Katsina State Police Command and the 19 victims were rescued on August 18.”
Garba-Mohammed also said the agency rescued five victims of child labour and arrested two suspects.
According to him, the victims are five females between the ages of 10 and 11.
He said on August 11, the agency received information that the victims were on transit from Bareruwan Daji Village in Katsina State enroute Kaduna via Kano.
He said: “On receiving the information, a special operation was coordinated by the agency and the victims were rescued and two female suspects were arrested.”
He called on parents to protect their children from being exploited and lured into slavery in the name of seeking greener pastures.
The Director-General commended Katsina State Police Command for its support.
“We will do all what we can to see that the menace of human trafficking and smuggling of migrants is brought to an end,” he said.
The News Agency of Nigeria recalls that the agency had on August 9 rescued 80 victims of human trafficking enroute Kano via Niger Republic to Europe.