The Katsina State Police Command says it has rescued nine victims of human trafficking while being taken to Libya through Niger Republic.
The victims were bring conveyed in a car when they were rescued by a team of policemen in Daura Local Government Area of Katsina State.
Gambo Isah, the command’s Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) in a statement said the victims were rescued by a team of officers acting on intelligence report about the activities of the human traffickers.
“On 29/9/2022 at about 1600hrs, based on credible intelligence, the command raided a criminal hideout at Daura LGA and rescued the following victims of human trafficking,” Isah said.
According to him the victims were identified as Timilaye Ojo, 26, from Lagos State, Blessing Joseph, 19, Edo state, Khadija Abdullahi, 29, Ondo state.
Others include Safiyyat Ahmed 21, Lagos, Precious Nuhu, 22, Kaduna, Bolanle Adewusi, 32, Ogun state, Okpoekwu Eunice 28, Enugu state, Kabirat Azeez 19, Ondo, and Taiwo Adejobi, 27, also from Ondo.
He said in the course of investigation, the victims stated that they were conveyed from Kano state to Daura by a driver, who on sighting the police team, abandoned the victims and took to his heels.
He added that the victims further informed the police that they are en route to Libya through the Niger Republic border.
The PPRO said the investigation is ongoing to arrest the fleeing suspect.