Human Trafficking Immigrations on top of new tricks used to avoid detection

Human traffickers have reportedly devised new tactics in the form of motorcycles and donkeys to avoid detection by NIS operatives.

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Comptroller-General of the Nigeria Immigration Service, Martin Kure Abeshi play

Comptroller-General of the Nigeria Immigration Service, Martin Kure Abeshi

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According to the Comptroller of the Nigeria Immigration Service for Katsina State, Mr Mohammed Rabiu Yaro, human traffickers have figured out new ways to avoid detection by the immigrations body.

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Yaro on Monday, September 19, revealed that human traffickers now use motorcycles and donkeys to transport their victims from Nigeria to neighbouring countries as a way to avoid detection by security officials.

He made the disclosure while parading 11 victims of human trafficking rescued by the state Command of the Nigeria Immigration Service in various border areas of Katsina state over the weekend.

Of the 11 rescued victims, seven were from Edo state, three from Delta state and one from Kogi state.

The comptroller disclosed to journalists in the state that the victims who were attempting to cross the border to the Niger Republic on their way to Italy without any travelling documents were picked up individually on Saturday, September 17.

Yaro confirmed that the NIS was able to rescue the victims using new strategies being implemented by the men of its intelligence unit. He added that some of the victims were riding on motorcycles of donkeys as a way of avoiding detection by operatives of the NIS.

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However, the comptroller refrained fro disclosing the border areas from which the suspects were picked up, insisting that the information would put investigations to track down the traffickers, at risk.

“Our investigation revealed that their mission was to cross border en route Agadez in the Niger Republic to Libya and then Italy for so-called employment.

“It was further established that none of them was in possession of any travel documents. It is important to note that the victims were misled by the traffickers whose business is to ferry persons across the border through illegal routes.

“We are, however, prepared to deal with the syndicates. Katsina State will no longer be used as a transit route for human trafficking.”