Katsina police rescue nine victims of human trafficking

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policeOfficers of the Katsina State Police Command have rescued nine victims of human trafficking in Daura.

The victims, who were all female, were brought to the Command’s headquarters, Katsina, on Wednesday evening.

The Command’s spokesman, SP Gambo Isah, confirmed the development on Thursday morning.

He said the victims were rescued Wednesday evening when the police team swooped on a grey area in the town

Isah added that the driver who brought the victims from Kano to Daura absconded on sighting the police.

According to him, the victims revealed during profiling that they were heading for Libya through Niger Republic.

The Command’s spokesman added: “On the 29, September 2022 at about 4pm, based on credible intelligence, the Command raided a criminal hideout at Daura Local Government Area and rescued the following victims of human trafficking: Timilaye Ojo, 26, of Lagos State; Blessing Joseph, 19, of Edo State; Khadija Abdullahi, 29, of Ondo State; Safiyyat Ahmed, 21, of Lagos State; Precious Nuhu, 22, of Kaduna State; Bolanle Adewusi, 32, of Ogun State; Okpoekwu Eunice, 28, of Enugu State; Kabirat Azeez, 19, of Ondo State, and Taiwo Adeolo, 27, of Ondo State.

“In the course of investigation, the victims stated that they were conveyed from Kano State to Daura by a driver, who on sighting the Police team, abandoned the victims and took to his heels. They further stated that they are en route Libya through the Niger Republic border.”

Isah said investigation had commenced on the case “with a view to arresting the fleeing suspect.”

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