Katsina State Police Command has rescued seven victims of human trafficking in Mai’adua local government area of the State.
Spokesman for the Command, SP Gambo, who confirmed the development in a statement on Thursday, said that the victims were rescued following a raid on a criminal hideout at Yankara village.
According to Gambo, the rescued victims were en route to Libya through the Niger Republic border. “On 20/01/2022 at about 1120hrs, based on credible intelligence, the Command raided a criminal hideout at Yankara village, Koza District, Mai’adua LGA of Katsina State and rescued sone victims of human trafficking hiding in the house”, the statement read.
He listed names of the victims as Success Oshoopkeme, ‘F’, aged 20yrs, of Asoko LGA, Edo State; Isaac Debora, ‘F’, aged 20yrs, of Ugunagbo LGA, Abia State, Amoruwa Ade, ‘M’, aged 28yrs, of Irede LGA, Ondo State and James Rebecca, ‘F’, aged 20, of Minna LGA, Niger State.
Others are Emmanuel Godwin, ‘M’, aged 22yrs, of Eka-North LGA of Delta State, Zainab Tijjani, ‘f’, aged 21yrs, of Ibadan LGA, Oyo state and Taofik Olawale, aged 27yrs, of Ibadan LGA of Oyo state.
In the course of an investigation, the victims stated that they were brought to the village by their agent, who on sighting the police team, took to his heels and escaped with their phones.
“Investigation is ongoing. They will be handed over to the NAPTIP office, Kano, for further investigation and arrest of the traffickers”, the PPRO added.