By; RAYMOND TEDUNJAYE, Lagos
Operatives of the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) have rescued five victims of suspected human traffickers while heading to Benin Republic.
They were said to have been rescued when their abductors were arrested at Ilase town in Ogun State for violating the Federal Government’s directive against movement across the land borders.
National Public Relations Officer of the NIS, Deputy Comptroller Sunday James confirmed the development through a press statement.
He described both the victims and their abductors as Nigerians.
The NIS spokesperson disclosed that the victims were discovered to have been abducted in the course of investigation.
In a related development, James also disclosed that 14 Togolese were arrested enroute Ajilete while also heading to Benin Republic.
According to him, all the arrests and recovery were made by officers of the Ogun State NIS Command led by Comptroller Kunle Osisanya on Thursday.
The release reads, ” In the process, the Service apprehended 14 Togolese and 10 Nigerians enroute Ajilete and Ilase in Ogun State for breaking the orders of the Federal Government on land border closure.
An elated Comptroller General of the NIS, Muhammad Babandede, MFR heaped praises on the officers for being gallant and professional.
He charged them to be courageous and continue to comb all illegal points created by smugglers by increasing the tempo of patrol.
Details of the profiling of those apprehended after documentation according to the medical procedures of the National Center for Disease Control (NCDC) given by Osisanya included 14 Togolese comprising eight female adults and minors intercepted in a J5 bus at Ajilete.
James added that all had been subjected to Covid-19 tests.
Apart from this, 10 other Nigerians were arrested at Ilase town within the state for also violating directive against movement across the land borders.
James confirmed that indications emerged after interrogation that five out of those nabbed were victims of human trafficking.
He expalined they would be handed over to the National Agency for Prohibition of Trafficking In Persons (NAPTIP) for further engagement”.