NAPTIP in Kano rescues 164 human trafficking victims in 5 months
The National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons and other Related Matters (NAPTIP), Kano Zonal Command, has rescued no fewer than 164 victims of human trafficking in the zone in the past five months.
The commander of the agency in charge of Kano, Kaduna, Jigawa, Katsina and Bauchi states, Mr Shehu Umar, who disclosed this to newsmen on Friday in Kano, said 114 of those rescued were females. Umar further revealed that, in one of their important operations, the command rescued 10 victims of human trafficking in a house at Kudundumau Village, Abuja.
He said they were rescued following a report of abduction case by Kano State Hisbah Board to the Zonal Command, on May 12. “The state Hisbah Board transferred a case of abduction, where a girl was taken to a house, popularly known as Two Star House, in Kudundumau Village at Asokoro extension of Abuja.
The agency said, “Upon the receipt of the case, we went to Abuja for further investigation and were able to rescue 10 female victims and arrested nine youths in connection with the case,” he said.
According to him, six of the victims were from Kano, and two from Kaduna, while the remaining two were from Nasarawa and Bauchi states, respectively. He said the victims had since been reunited with their families, while the house which was being used as a brothel, had been sealed off.
Umar reiterated that the command had successfully prosecuted five culprits of human trafficking, out of which four were among the nine suspects arrested in Kudundumau Village. He said the command, in collaboration with an NGOs’ Prisoners Rehabilitation and Welfare Action (PRAWA) had planned to train 30 victims on various trades to enable them sustain themselves. According to him, “The training will be conducted in two segments after which the trainees will be empowered,” he said.