20 March 2019

Nigeria: Kano Immigration Service Parades 8 Human Trafficking Victims

Kano — Kano State Command of the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) has paraded eight victims of human trafficking who came from Edo, and Delta states enroute Kano and heading to Italy through Niger and Chad in search of greener pasture abroad.

Parading the victims who are all females the state Commandant, Alhaji Ishag Yusuf said his men were on the trail of both the agents who are Nigeriens and the victims since they received intelligent report concerning their movement until their arrival in Kano where they fall into the dragnet of the command.

Yusuf said although the agents have run away and abandoned the victims yet the command will extend the long arms of the law and apprehend them wherever their hideout is. The Kano immigration boss faulted parents for not taking their parental obligations seriously thereby allowing their wards to take inappropriate decisions in life.

"It will interest you to know that it is some of the parents that are even encouraging their children to leave this country with the believe that their lives would be better while in the foreign country."

Yusuf said it is not true that some of these countries are better than Nigeria adding that most times the victims are dehumanised and reduced to sex machines that is if they arrived their destinations safely.

He said in a situation where they failed to make it to Europe, they would be abandoned in the Niger, Libya, Mali deserts and meet their untimely death.

"Therefore the Kano Command will no longer allow the state to serve as a transit state. We will do our best to enlighten the victims. We are in touch with NAPTIP, an agency responsible for the fight against human trafficking. We will ask them to train the victims on various vocational trades of their choice for them to be on their feet.

"I believe with good skills they will have economic engagement but greener posture with unskilled labour will only amount to waste of human beings and that is why they are being raped, enslaved and subjected to inhuman condition," he said.

In an interview with one of the victims who did not want her name in print she described the situation they found themselves as very pathetic, adding that the agents made them part with about N150,000 each and that they were expected to pay the remaining balance of N6million in dollar equivalent when they arrived at Italy.

She said the agents informed them that the dollar equivalent of N6million is nothing in Italy, that it would only take them three months to pay the balance immediately they find something doing.

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