By: Abdullahi Faruk Birnin Kebbi
The Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) has handed over to NAPTIP, an 18-year-old girl victim from Oyo state arrested in Kebbi while allegedly on her way to Libya.
The victim was traveling alone when she was arrested by immigration border personnel in Yauri Local Government Area of Kebbi.
The Comptroller of the NIS in the state, Mrs Rabi Bashir Nuhu, stayed this while addressing newsmen in Birnin Kebbi.
“The victim, who is from Oyo state, was arrested while going to Libya en route Yauri to Sokoto.
” She said, her name is Wasilat Yusuf , and was going to Libya upon her sister’s invitation to come and secure a cleaning job for her.
“She has a HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis tests with her and said it was her sister who insisted that she most conduct the tests before her coming to Libya,” she said.
Comptroller wondered why upon all the opportunities abound, peace and security in the country, someone would go to Libya for work in spite of the security challenges therein.
“We have to apply Pact 10 and 11 of Immigration Act 2015, receive them and hand them over to NAPTIP,” she said.
The comptroller assured that NIS would not allow any suspicious character or person profiting from human trafficking to pass its net in the state.
In her response, the victim, confirmed that she was going to Libya to get a cleaning job on her sister’s invitation.
“My sister is, Biodun Yusuf, and is living in Libya and doing sale of clothes business.
” She invited me to come and get a cleaning job there,”she said.
Receiving the victims, the Head of Operation of NAPTIP in the state, Alhaji Sadiq Atiku, said that the agency would undertake thorough investigation of the matter.
“We thank NIS for making our job easier and we are going to investigate thoroughly.
“We are going to rehabilitate and counsel the victim and ensure that she is united with her parents or guardians,” he said.
He commended NIS for collaborating with the agency to eradicate human trafficking in the state and country in general.