NAPTIP Nabbed Two Human Traffickers In Nigeria Airport
In its effort to end the illicit business of human traffickers in the country, the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) has saved 14 women who were about to be flown abroad by their agents via the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja.
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This was revealed by the Public Relations Officer of NAPTIP, Mr Josiah Emerole to reporters in Abuja today.
According to the PRO, NAPTIP was able to save the victims as a result of information it secretly got from an undisclosed informant for the institution.
He narrated that the victims were found close to a mosque within the airport alongside two men who are perceived to be their agents.
In his words, “Officers of NAPTIP, following a tip-off, intercepted a group of 14 women between the ages of 15-60 years traveling to Saudi Arabia via the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja.”
“The two agents from Kano who accompanied them on the trip had been arrested and detained by the Nigeria Immigration Service and the Department of State Services as an investigation is ongoing.”
“The interception and arrest of two agents traveling with the women came as a result of a patriotic Nigerian’s observations of the women’s movement and activities at the airport.”
Although the mission of the victims abroad is yet to be ascertained by NAPTIP as disclosed by the PRO.
Quoting him, “It is unclear yet as to the purpose of their trip to Saudi Arabia, though, in recent time, there have been increasing reports of exploitation being experienced by labour migrants in countries in the Middle East.”
The PRO, however, vows that his institution is committed to seeing that the issue of human trafficking is brought to an end in the country.
The arrested agents are presently in the custody of DSS and are being queried on the matter.