NN rescues 18 victims of human trafficking, arrest 2 suspects in Kano


By Joy Odor

The Nigerian Navy (NN) has affirmed the rescue of 18 victims of human trafficking last Saturday at Rijiyar Lemu in Ungogo Local Government Area (LGA) of Kano State.

In a press statement made available to newsmen on Wednesday by the NN Director of Information, Commodore AO Ayo-Vaughan informed that the rescue operation was done sequel to a tip off from an officer in the Nigerian Navy Finance and Logistics College (NNFLC) Dawakin Tofa whose sister was being trafficked through Kano enroute Libya and France.

The statement explained that upon receipt of the information, the NNFLC internal security team swung into action.

It noted that the team localized Rijiyar Lemu and Bachirawa areas where detailed reconnaissance led to the rescue of the victims who were housed in an uncompleted building.

According to the statement, 2 of the suspected traffickers were arrested while others are at large.

Accordingly, the victims were kept in custody of the College where medication and other necessary attention were offered.

The Kano Zonal office of National Agency for Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons and other related matters (NAPTIP) has been informed.

Consequently, the suspects and victims were handed over to NAPTIP for interrogation and further necessary action on Monday 6 February 2023.

While pledging her unalloyed loyalty to the fulfilment of her constitutional mandate, the NN advised perpetrators of crimes to desist from such acts.

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