Nigeria’s immigration service has rescued 48 persons from human trafficking in the northwest state of Katsina, said a official of the agency for fighting human trafficking Saturday.
Acting on an intelligence report, the Nigeria Immigration Service intercepted the 48 victims of human trafficking on June 2 at a border post in Katsina state, said Abdullahi Babale, the north-west zonal commander of the National Agency for the Prohibition for Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP).
“On receiving the information, a special operation was coordinated in Kano and Katsina states to rescue the victims,” Babale said, adding the victims were on their way to Europe through Niger and Libya.
Babale told reporters in a news briefing in Kano city, the capital of Kano state, that NAPTIP has received the victims between the ages of 11 years and 43 years, including seven males and 41 females from various states of the country.
The rescued victims will be returned to their families.
According to the official, an investigation was ongoing to arrest the suspected human traffickers and smugglers. Enditem