February 7, 2022
18 victims of human trafficking have been freed by the Nigerian Navy at Rijiyar Lemu in Kano State’s Ungogo Local Government Area.
The rescue was carried out at around 10 p.m. on Saturday as a result of a tip from an officer in the Nigerian Navy Finance and Logistics College (NNFLC), Dawakin Tofa, whose sister was being trafficked through Kano on the way to Libya and France, according to Commodore Adedotun Ayo-Vaughan, director of information for the Navy.
“Upon receipt of the information, the NNFLC internal security team swung into action. The team localized Rijiyar Lemu and Bachirawa areas where detailed reconnaissance led to the rescue of the victims who were housed in an uncompleted building. Furthermore, 2 of the suspected traffickers were arrested while others are at large,?the statement read.
“Accordingly, the victims were kept in custody of the College where medication and other necessary attention were offered. Also, the Kano Zonal office of National Agency for Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons and other related matters (NAPTIP) in Kano was informed. Consequently, the suspects and victims were handed over to NAPTIP for interrogation and further necessary action on Monday 6 February 2023.
?While pledging her unalloyed loyalty to the fulfillment of her constitutional mandate, the NN wishes to advise perpetrators of crimes to desist from such acts. You are requested to disseminate this information to the general public.?