The Director General of the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP), Mrs Imaan Sulaiman- Ibrahim, has disclosed that the agency has rescued 52 victims and arrested 4 suspected human traffickers in Kano.
Sulaiman- Ibrahim, disclosed this in a statement on Monday, May 10, in Kano.
She said the four suspected traffickers, were three males and one female. Also, the rescued victims were 48 females, and four males, aged between 16 and 34.
She also pledged that the agency would make it difficult for human traffickers and their agents to succeed in their evil operations.
Sulaiman-Ibrahim reiterated the agency’s commitment to fighting human trafficking and the rehabilitation and empowerment of survivors.
The DG commended the Nigerian Diaspora Commission and the security agencies, especially the Nigeria Immigration Service, for their support to NAPTIP.
The DG, who was represented by NAPTIP Kano Zonal Commander, Mr Abdullahi Babale, described human trafficking as a modern day slavery, which involved the exploitation of victims.
“The agency received intelligence report that the victims are on transit from Delta, Imo, Edo, Ogun, Oyo and Ondo States enroute to Europe via Libya. On receiving the information, a special operation was coordinated in Kano, Katsina and Jigawa States to rescue the victims as the suspects were arrested by NAPTIP/Joint Border Task Force officers,” she stated.