At Rijiyar Lemu in the Ungogo Local Government Area of Kano State, the Nigerian Navy has rescued 18 victims of human trafficking.
Additionally, the internal security team of the Nigerian Navy Finance and Logistics College carried out an operation on Saturday that resulted in the detention of two individuals who are thought to be involved in human trafficking.
According to a post that the Navy made on its official Facebook page on Monday night, the rescue and arrest were made as a result of a tip from one of its officers whose sister was one of the victims of human trafficking.
It said, in part, “The Nigerian Navy rescued 18 victims of human trafficking at Rijiyar Lemu in the Ungogo Local Government Area of Kano State at approximately 10 p.m. on Saturday.”
“A tip from an officer at the Nigerian Navy Finance and Logistics College named Dawakin Tofa, whose sister was being trafficked through Kano on her way to Libya and France, led to the rescue. The NNFLC internal security team took action as soon as they received the information.
“The team focused on the Rijiyar Lemu and Bachirawa areas, where thorough investigation led to the rescue of the victims who were housed in an unfinished building. Additionally, two of the alleged traffickers have been apprehended, while others remain at large.
The victims and suspects, according to the Navy, have been given to the National Agency for the Prevention of Trafficking in Persons for further investigation.
As a result, the victims were kept in the College’s custody, where they received medication and other necessary care. The National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons’ Kano Zonal Office was also informed, as were other Kano-related issues. As a result, on Monday, February 6, 2023, the suspects and victims were turned over to NAPTIP for questioning and any other necessary actions, the Nigerian Navy added.