9 trafficking victims identified as Obike Blessing Jessica, 36 (Abia); Abokede Adeola, 37 (Oyo); Popoola Emmanuel, 26 (Ogun); Ugho Prosper, 31 (Imo), Ibeze Doris, 40 (Edo), Oladide Olakunle, 43 (Osun); Fadairo Olufemi, 38 (Ogun); Oluigbo Michael, 26 (Enugu) and Musaw Farida, 21 (Ogun), have been rescued by the operatives of Nigerian Immigration Service Katsina state command.
It was also gathered that 4 suspected human traffickers were arrested in Katsina state, alongside their victims. Speaking on the arrest, the state comptroller of the service, Ajisafe Joshua, said the trafficking victims were rescued at Charanchi Patrol Base checkpoint in the state. He added that one Balogun Taiwo who resided in Niamey, Niger Republic, had promised them that he would assist them to obtain biometric capture for the USA visa at the American Embassy in Niamey.
“They started their Journey from Lagos with intention of traveling to Niger Republic to obtain biometric capture for U.S Visa at American Embassy in Niger Republic under the facilitation of one agent named Balogun Taiwo.
The victims were individually recruited by different agents from Lagos and Port Harcourt. These nine rescued suspected victims will be handed over to our Service Headquarters in Abuja for further investigation” he said.
According to the victims, they individually paid N65,000 to their agents for the trip. One of them, Obike, said she took the option after her request for visa was turned down at the USA Embassy in Nigeria.
The NIS comptroller also told newsmen, that from February 7, 2018, when he assumed duty in Katsina, the command had, among others, successfully intercepted four suspected human traffickers made up of three men and a woman. He added that the command also, during the period, rescued 38 suspected victims comprising 19 males and 19 females.
“I call on members of the public to assist Immigration with vital information about human trafficking and child labour activities in the state. This information will assist us in fighting this menace in the country.”