NIS rescues 28 from being trafficked across Katsina border
Immigration officers apprehend human smugglers with 28 persons in Katsina
Operatives of the Nigeria Immigration Service Border Control at Kongolam, Katsina State, have apprehended no fewer than 28 persons just before they are being smuggled out of the country.
This was disclosed by the immigration public relations officer, Mr. Sunday James in a statement on Saturday in Abuja.
He said 19 females and nine males were now in their custody.
James said they were apprehended when they attempted to cross the Kongolam border heading to Niger Republic, in company of the human smugglers under the pretext that they were going to Agadez, Niger Republic, to take up jobs.
“When interrogated, the victims were lost between the truth and reality of disclosures, as most of them left without informing their parents of their plans and destination.
“They were under the illusion that they were going to take up jobs promised them by the human smugglers,’’ he said.
The Comptroller General of NIS, Mr. Muhammad Babandede, called on young Nigerians to avoid being lured into travelling outside the shores of the country in the name of securing non-existent jobs.
Babandede said it was obvious that these youths were unaware of the dangers of such journeys as most of them, who even made it through the desert, were often subjected to many form of abuse in the hands of the smugglers who would seize their travel documents.
He expressed dismay that even with recent arrest at Kongolam, many were still willing to take the risks.