Nigerian Navy Rescues 18 Victims, Arrests 2 Human Traffickers 

By: Martha Obi, Abuja

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The Nigerian Navy (NN) has rescued 18 victims of human trafficking at Rijiyar Lemu in Ungogo Local Government Area (LGA) of Kano State, Northern, Nigeria.
The Director of Information Navy, Commodore Adedotun Ayo- Vaughan said that “the rescue was done sequel to a tip-off from an officer in the Nigerian Navy Finance and Logistics College (NNFLC) Dawakin Tofa whose sister was being trafficked through Kano enroute Libya and France. Upon receipt of the information, the NNFLC internal security team swung into action”.
Ayo- Vaughan noted that the team localized Rijiyar Lemu and Bachirawa areas where detailed reconnaissance led to the rescue of the victims who were housed in an uncompleted building.
 “Furthermore, 2 of the suspected traffickers were arrested while others are at large”, he said.
Accordingly, the victims were kept in custody of the College where medication and other necessary attention were offered.
He added that  the Kano Zonal office of National Agency for Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons and other related matters (NAPTIP) in Kano was informed.
 Consequently, the suspects and victims were handed over to NAPTIP for interrogation and further necessary action.
While pledging her unalloyed loyalty to the fulfilment of her constitutional mandate, the NN wishes to advise perpetrators of crimes to desist from such acts.



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