Nigerian Immigration Intercepts 189 Suspected Trafficking Victims, Arrests Suspected Culprits

The Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS) has said that its men from the Lakes Border Patrol Command, Seme, have intercepted a total of 189 boys and girls suspected of being victims of human trafficking. In a statement issued Tuesday and signed by the service’s spokesman, Amos Okpu, deputy comptroller of immigration, the organization said that the alleged victims were intercepted on January 22 and 24. The statement credits NIS Acting Comptroller General Isah Idris, who interacted with the alleged victims, as saying they are between 15 and 20 years old. The statement said in part: “The Acting Comptroller General said that the young people made up of 115 girls and 74 boys between the ages of 15 and 20 were intercepted in batches as they left the country through the Seme Border Zone. 92 of them were intercepted on January 22, 2022, while another 97 were picked up by our operational vigilantes on January 24, 2022. “The victims said they were on their way to the Emerald University in the Republic of Benin to start degree programs. They claimed that a religious organization operating in Imo and Abia states offered them provisional admissions to the school.” NIS said the alleged victims are from Abia, Kogi, Anambra, Akwa Ibom, Rivers, Lagos and Imo states, among others. The organization said that those intercepted could not present any letter of admission or evidence of payment of school fees for their studies. The statement added: “Furthermore, only three of them have valid travel documents. READ ALSO: Customs intercepts a container suspected of being loaded with weapons in a port complex “The investigation revealed that two people, Sunday Emmanuel Chinasa and Ms. Rose Onum Uduma, who were also arrested along with the victims, coordinated the trip. The duo claimed to be students at the ISCG University in the Republic of Benin and had a mandate to facilitate the movement of young people to the Republic of Benin. Each of the victims claimed to have paid the sum of Fifty Thousand Naira Only (N50,000:00) for the process.” The acting comptroller general advised the general public to beware of scammers, saying they now come up with various tricks to fool unsuspecting victims. He said that the 189 “victims” have been handed over to the officials of the Lagos zonal office of the National Agency for the Prohibition of Human Trafficking (NAPTIP). Read More Related News Here Let here it in the comment below if you do have an opinion on this; Nigerian Immigration Intercepts 189 Suspected Trafficking Victims, Arrests Suspected Culprits