The Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) has rescued a 23-year-old girl from human traffickers in Katsina State.
The Comptroller of NIS in the state, Ajisafe Olusola, disclosed this when he said that the victim was arrested by NIS operatives at Kongolam, a border town with Niger Republic.
The comptroller said that the traffickers deceived the victim’s parents on the pretense of securing a job for her abroad.
“The parents of the innocent girl were lured by one Mr Seun, now residing in Niger Republic who is suspected to be the kingpin of the syndicate.
“The suspected kingpin promised to secure job of house-help for the victim in Niger.
Report had it that the victim possessed an ECOWAS travel certificate and a temporary voter’s card, adding that her name had been changed as well as her state of residence.
“They changed the name of the victim from Adeoye Oluwaseyi of Akure, Ondo State to Hadiza Bello, Dala of Kano State, to deceive security agents while on her way to Niger Republic.
He however, urged parents to be careful on how they give their children out to other persons either as a family or otherwise.
“I want to draw the attention of parents to the dangers associated with the ugly trend of human trafficking.
”I also want to assure you of the determination of the Nigeria Immigration Service to rid our country of the menace of human trafficking and irregular migration,’’ he said.
The comptroller said that the victim would be handed over to the service headquarters for further necessary action.