NAPTIP Rescues 52 Victims, Arrests 4 Suspected Human Traffickers

The National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP), has rescued 52 victims and arrested four suspected human traffickers in Kano Zonal Command.
The NAPTIP Director General, Mrs Imaan Sulaiman- Ibrahim, made the disclosure while briefing newsmen on Monday in Kano.
The Director General was represented by NAPTIP Kano Zonal Commander, Mr Abdullahi Babale. She said human trafficking is a modern day slavery, which involved the exploitation of victims.
She explained that 48 of the rescued victims were females while four were males, aged between 16 and 34. Sulaiman-Ibrahim also said that out of the four suspected traffickers, three were males and one female.
The Director General added that 17 of the victims were rescued by Immigration officials in Jigawa and Katsina states.
“The agency received intelligence report that the victims are on transit from Delta, Imo, Edo, Ogun, Oyo and Ondo States enroute to Europe via Libya.
“On receiving the information, a special operation was coordinated in Kano, Katsina and Jigawa States to rescue the victims
“The operation is still ongoing to arrest other suspects and to rescue more than 100 victims,” she said. The suspects were arrested by NAPTIP/Joint Border Task Force officers.
The @dgnaptip, Imaan Sulaiman-Ibrahim reiterated the agency’s commitment to fighting human trafficking and the rehabilitation and empowerment of survivors. She also pledged that the agency would make it difficult for human traffickers and their agents to succeed in their evil operations.
She commended the Nigerian Diaspora Commission and the security agencies, the Nigeria Immigration Service, for their support to NAPTIP.