KATSINA (THE NATION) -- The Katsina State Command of the Nigerian Immigration Service, NIS, Tuesday arrested three Libyan bound human traffickers, at Kongolan and Farin Gida patrol base, all along Daura road in Katsina state
The Controller, Katsina state Command, Mr Ajisafe Joshua Olusola, while briefing newsmen on the arrest which he said is the second within five days, said the mission of the traffickers and their victims is to cross the border to Niger republic from where they will then move into Libya.
He listed the names of the three unrepentant human traffickers to include: Emeka Gideon Okaeri, 39 from Imo state, Obinna Emmanuel, 30 from Abia state and Obumese Murphy obi, 40, from Imo state.
The names of the recued victims were given as: Emmanuel Eziuche Justina, 31 from Abia state, Ugochukwu Anthony Chilaka, 28, from Imo State, Okike Chigekwu Daniel from Imo state, Daniel glory Chinonso 24, from Abia state, Francis Hillary, 29, from Delta state.
The Controller further disclosed that the leader of the trafficking cartel, Emeka Okaeri have been living in Libya for the past 9 years and a frequent traveler criss-crossing Niger, Libya and Nigeria
He said ’’Emeka represents a trafficking cartel based in Libya and Nigeria and who specializes in trafficking and smuggling. All the suspected human traffickers, smugglers and rescued persons are Nigerians and in possession of their travelling documents’’
‘’According to Emeka, the two ladies, Justina and Chinonso were connected to him by one man, who is presently residing in Libya. The man in Libya is the one sponsoring the victims’ journey while Emeka is the one facilitating the journey’’
The controller assured that the arrested traffickers and their victims will be handed over to NAPTIP zonal Office in Kano, the agency with the core mandate on trafficking in persons, for further investigation, rehabilitation, counseling and prosecution as they may deem appropriate.