The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps in Ilorin, Kwara State on Tuesday received Gloria Taiye, a Nigerian girl who traveled to Lebanon for greener pasture but later sought for assistance to be repatriated.
The NSCDC Commandant, Bello Ale, while receiving Taiye, told newsmen that the victim was dubiously separated from her family to Lebanon.
He said: “Gloria was dubiously separated from her family by some of the country’s nationals in collaboration with Nigerians, where she found herself in a foreign land as a victim of human trafficking.”
Ale said it was as a result of the combined effort of the command, good Nigerians as well as a non governmental organization that Taiye was successfully brought back to Nigeria.
The commandant said they got to know about the incident through the viral video of the victim, seeking for assistance to return to Nigeria from Lebanon.
He said: “The video that went viral showed how the victim was being kept in captivity, which assisted us in getting the location and led to the first suspect, the Lebanese, and later to the second suspect, a Nigerian, that solicited for her.
“The contact of Gloria family made us get to the third suspect, the pastor that stood as guarantor for her, before traveling abroad.
“The process is a continuous process because it is a big syndicate, but we intend to hand over the case to the Anti-human Trafficking Agency.”
Ale said human trafficking has become a serious menace in the society, adding that many girls were taken to Lebanon for trafficking.
“The second victim, whose video went more viral than that of Gloria, is expected to return to Ilorin this week as the NGO paid for the return of both victims,” he said.
A second victim, who identified herself as Omolola Ajayi, is also from Ilorin.
The Chairman of the Nigeria Diaspora Commission, Abike Dabiri-Erewa, said she had been successfully rescued and now at the Nigeria Embassy in Lebanon.
The National President of Eruku Progressive Union, Shola Daniel, said they reported the case of Taiye to the NSCDC immediately after seeing her video seeking for assistance.
Daniel said: “Civil Defence tried a lot in ensuring that Gloria returns home safely.
“They did so well till they got to the root of the issue.”
He said that the founder of Pheminick Life Care Support, an NGO, Toyin Aborishade, also tried a lot in facilitating Taiye’s return by paying all the necessary money.