By Chukwudi Samuel
Effort by the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) to curtail the trafficking of Nigerians especially through the notorious Libyan route have yielded result as a combined operatives of NAPTIP, Nigeria security and civil Defence corps (NSCDC) and Department of state services (DSS) have arrested a high profile trans- border trafficking suspect, Nurudeen Sani said to be based in Kano.
The well planned operation according to NAPTIP, also led to the rescue of 13 Libyan bound victims of human trafficking made up of two boys and eleven girls. The agency has commenced manhunt for two other members of the trafficking ring whose names were given as Bose and Ismeal.
This development came few days after the Director General of NAPTIP, senator Basheer Garba Mohammed promised that the agency had redoubled it’s efforts and reloaded it strategies to smoke out human traffickers from all part of the country as parts of the Agency determination to make Nigeria human trafficking free Nation.
As a way of boosting the operations of the agency, NAPTIP has increased its presence and spread over 12 states and still counting. According to the agency, “Our desire is to infiltrate all parts of the country in order to outsmart the trafficker and beat them to their tricks”
Report indicated that the latest arrest followed a tip off from some concerned stakeholders in Kano who were disturbed by the nefarious activities of the suspect.
The victims were rescued at Basarawa community along the Kano – katsina road by the combined security operatives on their way to Libya.
Meanwhile, the suspect is presently under interrogation by NAPTIP operatives, the victims are undergoing counseling as part of the agency rehabilitation procedure.
Speaking on the arrest, Director General of the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons NAPTIP, senator Mohammed, expressed worry over the activities of the traffickers and warned parents to desist from yielding to pressure of deceit in giving out their children warning that ‘’NAPTIP shall go after the remaining members of this trafficking gang and will be made to face the full wrath of the law. “I sincerely thank our sister law enforcement agencies for their support and collaboration which led to the arrest of the suspect” NAPTIP DG stated.