The National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) says it has received eight rescued under aged children and arrested two suspected human traffickers in Kano State.
The Commander in charge of NAPTIP in the North-West zone, Mr Abdullahi Babale, made the disclosure while briefing newsmen in Kano on Friday.
He said the rescued victims were between the ages of three months and 10-years-old, comprising of four males and four females.
He added that the two suspects were the victims’ biological mothers.NAPTIP Reunites Stolen Children With Parents
According to him, On April 22 Niger Consulate in Kano alerted NAPTIP that they rescued eight victims of human trafficking and two female suspects were arrested and handed them over to the agency.
Babale further explained that the victims and suspects were taken from Saminaka Village in Lere Local Government Area of Kaduna State to Algeria for begging and exploitation labour.
He further explained that efforts were made to ensure the arrest of other suspects and rescue more victims.
“Based on intelligence report some people hire children and take them to Niger because the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in Niger, when they see people stranded, accommodate, feed and give them money.
“Counsel and rehabilitate them in 45 days after which they will be deported back to Nigeria.
“Investigation is ongoing, and when concluded the suspects will be charged to court”, the commander said.
The Zonal Commander therefore enjoined parents to take adequate care of their wards and called for collaborative efforts with the general public and various stakeholders to eradicate the menace of human trafficking in order to have a free society.
Meanwhile, one of the suspect, a mother of three out of the victims told to Journalists that she went to Algeria to seek for job.
“This is my first time I don’t pray even my enemy to embark on this kind of journey seeking for greener pasture, we suffered”, she said.
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