The NIS has confirmed the arrest of a man attempting to smuggle 6 girls into Burkina Faso for prostitution.
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The Comptroller of the command, Ekaete Isang, revealed that the suspect travelled from Edo state with the girls to the border town of Saki in Oyo State, where he was apprehended.
“He was going to Burkina Faso with the aim of involving the girls in illegal activities but before he could cross the Nigerian border with them, our patrol team caught up with him and he was arrested. We have reunited the girls with their parents, while the man was handed over to the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons,"she said.
However, Isang complained about lack of cooperation from the grass-roots leaders in border communities of the state, who have reportedly aid people in and out of the country illegally.
Isang added, “Our major challenge in fighting human traffickers and illegal immigrants is logistics because of the expansive nature of the border line in the state. We have met with grass-roots leaders in those communities but their response is not impressive. They shield these (traffickers and illegal immigrants) people from arrest and they don’t come up with information. We call on the state government to support the command in our effort to maintain order at the borders,” she added.