Twenty two persons victims of human trafficking have been rescued in Niger Republic on their way to Tripoli in Libya and handed over to officials of the National Agency for the Prohibition of Traffic in Persons in Sokoto.
Addressing journalist at the NAPTIP zonal command in Sokoto , Zonal Commander of NAPTIP Abubakar Bashiru said the command received twenty two victims of human trafficking between the ages of fifteen to twenty years.
He said the victims mostly from southern part of Nigeria are intercepted in Niger Republic and repatriated to Nigeria by the Nigeria police who handed them over to the officials of the Nigeria Immigration Service at the Illela Border .
Mr. Bashiru said the victims were handed over to NAPTIP by the officials of the Nigeria Immigration Service at the Illela border.
He said NAPTIP has commenced investigation to find out the culprit responsible for the heinous crime against the victims.
He also expressed sadness that despite sensitizing the public against the danger of trafficking, parents of some of the victims in trafficking cases are always accomplices in committing the crime.
Before now, officials of NAPTIP have identified Sokoto state as a Source, Transit and Destination (STD) for most trafficking merchants engage in this dehumanizing criminal activities.