Katsina State Command of the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) says it has rescued 10 minors including a nine-month-old baby from a gang of human traffickers. The state NIS Comptroller, Mr Ajisafe Olusola, made this disclosure in a statement on Wednesday in Katsina, NAN reports. Olusola disclosed that the rescued children were all below the age of 11, adding that two female suspects, Deborah Adewunmi, 29, and Moriliya Ibrahim, 31, allegedly connected with the crime were arrested.
The NIS boss said that the two suspected human traffickers were arrested in Katsina on Feb. 11, 2019, following a tip off. He said that investigations showed that the suspects were conveying the minors to Libya through Niger Republic without valid travel documents. “One of the suspects confessed that they are going to meet her husband who is residing in Agadez, Niger Republic to facilitate their journey to Libya. “They also claimed that they ran out of funds to feed themselves, children, and transport money to go further from Katsina,’’ he said.
Olusola added that the suspects and their victims would be handed over to the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons, NAPTIP zonal office in Kano, for further investigation.10 minors, including a 9-month-old baby, have been rescued from a gang of human traffickers in Katsina State. The Katsina State Command of the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) Comptroller, Ajisafe Olusola, said the rescued children were all below the age of 11.
He also added that two female suspects, Deborah Adewunmi, 29, and Moriliya Ibrahim, 31, were arrested in connection with the crime on Feb. 11, 2019. . The NIS boss said investigations showed that the suspects were conveying the minors to Libya through Niger Republic without valid travel documents. It would be recorded that the Police Command has smashed a child trafficking syndicate, arrested eight suspects and rescued 11 children, including two-day-old twins. According to a statement by the Command’s Public Relations Officer, Mr. Andrew Enwerem, the arrests were effected between July 24 and August 17.
Enwerem said: “Operatives of the Imo State Police Command, have arrested eight suspects in connection with child stealing and trafficking. The arrests were made between July 24 and August 17 at Agbor Park in Benin City, Edo State and Imo State, respectively.” The PPRO disclosed that 11 stolen children were rescued from the suspects, pointing out that some of the rescued children have been identified and reunited with their parents. The PPRO gave the names of the rescued children as Somtochukwu, 9; his sister, Kosarachi, 7, who were stolen from their parents at Akokwa, Ideato North Local Government Area of Imo State on August 15. Source;Nairaland/Vanguard
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