The Ogun State Command of the Nigeria Immigration Service has arrested a 33-year-old woman, Mrs. Amosan Nimota, for allegedly trafficking eight Nigerians through an illegal route along the Nigeria-Benin Republic border.
The NIS Comptroller in charge of the command, Mr. Greene Anik’Nweze, who said this at a press conference in Abeokuta on Thursday, also said objects suspected to be charms and other items were recovered from the suspects.
Anik’Nweze said the suspects and the victims whose ages ranged between 20 and 29 years were apprehended by NIS officials at about 3pm while attempting to cross into Benin Republic at the Ajanlekoko section of the Idiroko border on Saturday.
“The unauthorised border leads to Benin Republic and the suspect had claimed that she was taking them (the victims) to Agadez in Niger Republic to use them as maids in her restaurant, ‘’ he said.
He listed the items recovered from the suspects as nine fake Nigerian passports, charms and heavy luggage.
The comptroller added that the security features introduced by the NIS on the new passport had made it difficult for it to be forged.
He said the suspect would be handed over to the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons for prosecution, while the victims would be rehabilitated.
The NIS comptroller therefore warned parents to be wary of those they hand over their children to, stressing that many of the traffickers exploited the economic conditions of the poor to perpetrate the crime.
This trend is very strange to the South West and I am passionately appealing to parents to be very careful who they give their children and wards to.
“Traffickers will surely destroy lives of our children, so parents must not sell or give out their children for any amount as doing so is a sin against God and humanity,” Anik’Nweze said.
Source – Punch