At least eight people were rescued from the camp of human traffickers along Kaya – Daurawa – Roni link road, Jigawa State.
This was made known by Ahmad Bagari, the Comptroller, Jigawa State Command of the Nigeria Immigration Service on Tuesday in Dutse.
He said the victims were intercepted on Sunday by NIS personnel on their way to cross the border to Niger when they were intercepted at about 7pm.
Bagari revealed that the victims included five males and three females who hailed from Abia, Edo, Imo and Ogun states and added that the driver hailed from Achilafiya Town of Yankwashi LGA of Jigawa.
The Comptroller listed the victims’ names as Nosa Isaac (M) 45yrs – Edo, Emanuel Ogur (M) 37yrs – Imo, Abdulwasiu Oladokun (M) 36yrs – Ogun, Blessing John (F) 28yrs – Abia, Etiosa Henry (M) 24yrs – Edo, Osagie Francis (M) 20yrs – Edo, Faith Moses (F) 20yrs – Edo, and Success Jacob (F) 19yrs – Abia.
“Mainly, they are influenced by friends and with the knowledge of their parents/guardians,” he said.
Comptroller Bagari further said no incriminating items/drugs were found in their possession upon interrogation.
He revealed that the Comptroller General of the Service, Idris Jere, had directed that the victims be handed over to NAPTIP and advised parents and guardians to desist from sending their children/wards abroad for non-existing greener pasture.
He stressed that Nigeria was far better than the so-called greener posture abroad in the form of freedom and other expectations.
“It is important to advise parents/guardians and the general public to watch over their children/wards and instill patriotism in them to stay in their country of origin and build it to greater heights.
“This non-existing greener posture abroad deprives them their freedom and exposes them to slavery, forced labour, organ harvest and death in the desert and at the sea, en route to their destination.
“Therefore, the general public is further advised to exercise their civic responsibility by reporting cases of human trafficking and other related criminal acts to the nearest security agencies,” the Comptroller noted