Seven girls using hijab to disguise themselves and evade arrest at the border were among the 12 persons intercepted by the NIS in Katsina on their way to Europe, Daily Trust reports. According to the report, this brings the total number of persons apprehended by the NIS to 40 in the last four months as they tried to cross various legal and illegal routes to Agadez in Niger Republic en route Libya then Europe.
While parading the rescued victims, the Comptroller of Immigration in the state, Mohammed Yaro Rabiu, said the hijab was a decoy intended to camouflage and get easy passage at the border.
His words: “All the rescued victims are Nigerians from Edo State and will be handed over to NAPTIP for further action.” The name of the victims were given as; Dennis Igbobo, Elvis Osas, Earnest Ugiagbe, Bright John, and Lucky Iyare.
Others were; Gift Osagie, Godday Ruth, Ovioma Gift, Otoboh Fabour, Believe James, Endurance Idemadia and Marian Josiah. Some of the victims quoted in the report said their decision to go to Europe was due to hardship and to search for better opportunities. John, 30 years, a footballer said he intended to go to Europe to search for a professional football club. On her part, Favour, 27, the eldest daughter in a family of 6 and a graduate of mass communication, said her decision was due to lack of jobs. In a related development, one thousand two hundred and sixty-eight Nigerians are said to have voluntarily returned to Nigeria from Libya in five months.