The Nigeria Immigration Service in Katsina has stopped eleven persons from leaving the country to Italy.
Parading them, the Comptroller of the command, Mohammed Rabiu Yaro said they were stopped as they tried to cross the country’s border at Komgolom town in Katsina state.
According to Yaro, the emigrants who are aged between 19-38 years are from Edo, Delta and Kogi states, adding that human trafficking has become a very serious issue that led to collaboration with some European countries to address it.
“These victims were misled by the traffickers whose business is to ferry persons across the borders through illegal routes. We are prepared to deal with the syndicate group,” he said.
While assuring that Katsina will no longer be used as a transit route for such, Yaro said the emigrants would be handed over to National Agency for the Prohibition of Traffic in Persons and Other related Matters (NAPTIP) for further investigation and prosecution.
(Culled from Daily Trust)