Immigration arrests human trafficking kingpin, 5 victims in Katsina




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– The Immigration Service (NIS), said had arrested a human trafficking kingpin, Muntari Hamidu, 30, and five victims in state.

The State Comptroller of NIS, Mr Emmanuel Ogbumuo, who disclosed this at a news conference Wednesday in , said the suspect had been the watch list for a long .

Ogbumuo said the suspect was arrested in Maimujiya, a border town with Niger Republic, by a combined Immigration Border Patrol Team and the Nigerien police Monday.

The comptroller said suspect was arrested together with five victims, three females and two males, aged between 20 and 25 years.

According to him, the five victims have identified Hamidu as trafficker.

He said the suspect was said to be gang behind human trafficking irregular route in Kongolam to Agadez in Niger Republic, then to Libya and finally to Europe.

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Ogbumuo added the suspected trafficker and victims would be handed over to for necessary action.

He also said the command had so far arrested 37 for human trafficking related offences in the state between January and June.

He said the suspects were apprehended intelligence gathering traffickers coupled with synergy and effective communication between the NIS and other security agencies in the two countries.

Ogbumuo reiterated the determination of the command to effectively curtail influx of illegal immigrants, human traffickers and victims.

He, therefore, solicited the continued cooperation of sister security agencies in the two countries and the border communities to achieve the desired goal. (NAN)

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