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2 Oct 2016

Man arrested by NIS for Attempting to Smuggle Six Girls to Burkina Faso for Prostitution

A notorious criminal who is into trafficking of women into prostitution has been eventually arrested by the officials of the NIS with six girls in his company.

The Oyo State Command of the Nigeria Immigration Service has said it arrested a man trying to smuggle six girls to Burkina Faso for prostitution.

Comptroller of the command, Ekaete Isang, told SUNDAY PUNCH that the man had travelled from Edo State with the girls to the border town of Saki in Oyo State, where he was caught trying to take them through an illegal route.

She said, “He was going to Burkina Faso with the aim of involving the girls in illegal activities but before he could cross the Nigerian border with them, our patrol team caught up with him and he was arrested. We have reunited the girls with their parents, while the man was handed over to the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons.”

Isang, however, complained about lack of cooperation from the grass-roots leaders in border communities of the state, noting that they aid people that come into the country illegally.

“Our major challenge in fighting human traffickers and illegal immigrants is logistics because of the expansive nature of the border line in the state. We have met with grass-roots leaders in those communities but their response is not impressive. They shield these (traffickers and illegal immigrants) people from arrest and they don’t come up with information. We call on the state government to support the command in our effort to maintain order at the borders,”
 she added.

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