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Immigration Service apprehends 24 human trafficking suspects


KATSINA – The Nigeria Immigration Service said it had arrested 24 persons suspected to be involved in human trafficking in Katsina State.

The Comptroller of Immigration Service in the state, Mr Emmanuel Ogbumuo, made this known in a news conference in Katsina on Friday.

Ogbumuo said the suspects were arrested at Kongolam border while plying illegal routes to Agades in Niger Republic to the Sahara desert and to Libya.

He said that investigations conducted by the command revealed that one Mr Olumese Barnabas, 26, was the coordinator of the movement and that he collaborated with one Miss Blessing Emmanuel in the activity.

He said that all the suspects had expired and outdated “Machine Reader Passport.”

The comptroller explained that trafficking in persons was one of the most severe violations of human rights in the world.

He assured that the command would continue to collaborate with other security agencies to curtail the nefarious activities of human traffickers by arresting them and their victims.

He said the suspects would be handed over to the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons for further action. (NAN)

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