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  • Updated: May 23, 2024

Lagos: Police bust human trafficking syndicate, arrest traffickers, rescue 10 girls

Lagos: Police bust human trafficking syndicate, arrest traff

The Lagos Police Command has rescued ten young females who were allegedly being transported to West African countries for prostitution.

This was revealed by Benjamin Hundeyin, the command's Public Relations Officer, during a press briefing on Thursday.

Hundeyin added that the operation was conducted based on genuine information that a human trafficking syndicate was planning to traffic certain females.

He added that a crack team of the command headquartered in the Gbagada area of Lagos quickly sprang into action, leading to the arrest of two individuals.

“The squad went into action to track the activities of the syndicate and within one week, two suspects were arrested, while 10 young girls between ages 16 years and 23 years were rescued.

“The girls were brought by the suspects from Imo, Abia, Ebonyi, Akwa Ibom, Rivers, Ogun and Benin Republic”, Hundeyin said.

According to the PRO, the suspects were apprehended at the point of departure at Mazamaza on the Mile 2 - Badagry motorway.

He also stated that police were looking for additional individuals and that those caught would face charges in court once the investigation was completed.

In a related report, the Kano State Command of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC, has rescued 13 victims of human trafficking.

State Commandant Mohammed Lawal-Falala announced the rescue operation during a press briefing on Tuesday in Kano.

Lawal-Falala revealed that the victims were rescued on May 20 at Dan Tsinke Quarters in the Tarauni Local Government Area. 

He stated that the corps acted on a tip-off about a man who was allegedly keeping young female children in his house and trafficking them to Cameroon in search of better opportunities.

”On receiving the information, special surveillance was coordinated by the corps operatives attached to Tarauni Division and the victims were rescued,” said Lawal-Falala.

He also disclosed that the operatives of the corps arrested one suspect for keeping the victims in his house while the two prime suspects were still at large.

The corps commander explained that the rescued victims included five women, three female children, a boy and four men.

“The rescued victims were on their way to Maiduguri en route to Cameroon for labour exploitation.

“Out of the 13 victims, 10 are from Kano, while three are from Jigawa,” Lawal-Falala said.

The commandant said the victims would be handed over to the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons, NAPTIP, for necessary action.

He called on the state residents to be vigilant and report any suspicious activity as the command would continue to ensure a crime-free and safe state.

Lawal-Falala called on parents to protect their wards from being exploited and lured into slavery in the name of seeking greener pastures.

Similarly, he said the corps arrested one suspect who was specialising in stealing tricycles and handsets.

Lawal-Falala added that the operatives of the corps arrested the suspect on May 20 in Kano Metropolis.

“Several people have been coming to the command to lodge complaints against the suspect on tricycle theft,” he said.

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