By Muhammad Nasir Bashir
Dutse, – The Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) says it has rescued eight victims of human trafficking in Jigawa.
The NIS Comptroller in the state, Mr Ahmed Bagari made this known to newsmen in Dutse on Monday.
He said the victims had been rescued on Sunday at about 7:00 p.m. by the personnel of the Service operating on Kaya-Daurawa-Roni link road in Roni Local Government Area of the state.
He said the rescued victims, aged between 19 and 45, were travelling on their way to Libya en route Niger Republic.
The comptroller added that the victims, comprising three males and five females, hailed from Abia, Edo and Imo states.
According to him, only the 45-year-old male victim is in possession of an expired Nigerian Standard Passport, adding that no incriminating items or drugs were found in their possession.
Bagari said the NIS Comptroller-General, Idris Jere, has directed that victims be handed over to the National Agency for Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) for further action.
He also quoted Jere as advising parents, guardians and the general public to desist from sending their children and wards abroad in search of non existing greener posture.
“Nigeria is far better than the so called greener posture abroad in form of freedom and other expectations.
“So, it is important for parents/guardians and the general public to watch over their children and instill patriotism in them to stay in their country of origin, and build it to greater heights,” he said. (NAN)