The Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) says it has rescued
five ladies from a human trafficking syndicate at the Pashi checkpoint in
Badagry LGA of Lagos state.
According to NAN, the ladies who are between the ages of 15
and 23 were rescued on Wednesday by the Lagos seaports and marine command of
Mohammed Saddiq, comptroller of the command, said the
victims were intercepted alongside one 26-year-old Blessing Anireta without any
means of identification.
Saddiq said the command found out that the ladies were
connected to members of a human trafficking syndicate in Lagos who were transporting
them to other countries for prostitution.
investigation revealed that three of the victims who hail from Abia, Akwa Ibom
and Plateau states were transported from their respective locations through the
point of embarkation under the pretext of getting them legitimate employment in
Mali, Benin Republic and Cote d’ Ivoire,” Saddiq said.
“In their separate statements, the unsuspecting first-time
travellers, all female, said they were connected to members of the syndicate in
Lagos who coordinated all transportation arrangements to the intended countries
“As at the time of the press briefing, the suspect is still
at large. But we are on the trail with a view to apprehending him and other
members of the syndicate.
“Upon profiling, it
was further established that Anireta facilitated the unsuccessful journey with
the intent to engage her companions in prostitution in their country of
“The victims, whose ages range between 15 and 23, will at
the end of the session be handed over to the National Agency for the
Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) alongside the arrested suspects
for further investigation.
“I wish to stress at this point that in keeping with the
acting Comptroller General’s directive, the command was vigorously undertaking
a 24/7 patrol of marine routes to stem the tide of human trafficking, migrant
smuggling and other forms of transborder criminality.”
He solicited the support and cooperation of the public,
especially those in riverine communities to share useful information with the
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