Navy arrests 2 traffickers, rescues 18 trafficked victims

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By Victor Akaa, Abuja

The Director of Information Nigerian Navy (NN), Commodore AO Ayo-Vaughan
has said, troops of the NN has rescued 18 victims of human trafficking enroute to Libya and France.

The rescue mission took place at about 10pm on Saturday, 4 February 2023 at Rijiyar Lemu in Ungogo Local Government Area (LGA) of Kano State.

Commodore Ayo-Vaughan explained that, “the rescue was done sequel to a tip off from an officer in the Nigerian Navy Finance and Logistics College (NNFLC) Dawakin Tofa whose sister was being trafficked through Kano enroute Libya and France. 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.
“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.”

The NN further pledged her unalloyed loyalty to the fulfilment of her constitutional mandate and warned the law-abiding citizens to stay clear from any form of criminality.

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