The Katsina state command of the Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS) has arrested two suspected human traffickers and rescued nine suspected victims in the state. The command comptroller, Joshua Ajisafe, who confirmed the development in a statement said that the arrest was achieved through an intelligence reports by the command provost.
The suspected traffickers are identified as 29 years old Deborah Adewunmi and Moriliya Ibrahim, 29. The rescued victims are minor age ranging from nine months to eleven years old Indigines of Ogun state. They started their journey from Lagos to Kano, Kano-Katsina with the mission to travel to Libya without travel documents “ He said
Mr. Ajisafe further noted that the suspected traffickers intended to meet one Mustapha Ibrahim residing in Agadez to facilitate their journey to Libya.
“The claimed to have no money to feed themselves and the children, no transport money to move further from Katsina. Their attitude and behaviour resembles that of the child traffickers/child Labour “ He added. The traffickers and their suspected victims were handed over to NAPTIP Zonal Office Kano for further investigation.
In other news, Imo state Police Commissioner, Dasuki Galadanchi, who paraded the suspects in Owerri before governorship candidates in the state signed peace pact on Tuesday, expressed worry at the arrest especially as the general elections draw near.
Galadanchi warned that such infiltrators will be arrested no matter how they disguised themselves. He urged the politicians to play by the rules and jettison all forms of violence.
“You will agree with me that this hard-earned peace and tranquillity we enjoy and experience in Imo state should be guarded jealously; thus, we have no other option than to ensure this endures before, during and after the elections.” The Commander, 34 Artillery Brigade Obinze, Brigadier General H. I Bature, said two of the fake soldiers were arrested escorting a politician, stressing that the kind of ammunition at their disposal were unimaginable.
He warned perpetrators of such acts that even if there are two among hundreds of soldiers, the army know how to identify their own. He said the military will be more alert during the election as fake soldiers have infiltrated the state to cause chaos during the general elections.
He stated that desperate politicians have equipped hoodlums with Army uniforms and weapons to perpetrate violence in the state, warning that all those involved in the ignoble act will be fished out and dealt with.
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