Nigeria Immigration Service rescues three victims of human trafficking in Jigawa


The Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) has reported the rescue of three human trafficking victims in Jigawa.

Mr. Samson Agada, the NIS Comptroller in the state, announced this during a press briefing in Dutse on Wednesday.

He disclosed that the Service’s personnel intercepted the victims on Tuesday around 11:00 AM at the Tsamiyar Ilu checkpoint in Kazaure Local Government Area of the state.

Agada specified that the victims, all from Kogi State, were Ahmed Ibrahim, 25; Ibrahim Rafatu, 17; and Nafisat Jibril, 32. He added that they were apprehended along with a suspected trafficker, Mustapha Zulqarlaini.

“Upon their interception and subsequent profiling and interrogation, the victims confessed that they were on their way to Daura area of Katsina Dtate.

“They will then cross the Nigerian border to Niger Republic, for their onward destination to Libya.

“Upon further interrogation, they confessed that have a sister who is residing in Libya they intended to join her.

“The suspected trafficker, Zulqarlaini, claimed to be an uncle of the victims and confirmed that he facilitated their journey from Kano to Daura.” he said.

The comptroller added that when contacted by the service, the victims’ parents gave their consent to the journey on the basis of abject poverty.

“They are victims of human trafficking, and as such we are handing them over to the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP)”.

Agada urged parents and guardians to monitor their wards to protect them againts falling prey to traffickers.

He reitrated the Service commitment to check irregular migration and human trafficking.