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18 Rescued As Immigration Arrest Human Traffickers


Nigeria Immigration Service In Katsina Rescue 18 Persons Including A Baby From Traffickers.

...... Deports 64 Foreigners, Repatriate 1,132 Across The Country.

The Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), Katsina State Command, said it has succeeded in arresting two suspected human traffickers and rescued 18 victims, including a 3-year-old baby in the states.

The NIS Comptroller, Mr Muazu AbdulRazaq, disclosed this to newsmen on Tuesday in Katsina, according to the News Agency of Nigeria. 

AbdulRazaq said that the operatives were able to arrest the two suspected traffickers, while one other suspect escaped, abandoning his vehicle.

According to him, the two suspects, “mischievously arranged a fake marriage to enable them traffic two minors who were between three and nine years old.”

He said the remaining victims were between the ages of 20 and 45, and comprised of eight males and 12 females.

AbdulRazaq further revealed that investigation showed that the suspects had planned to cross the border through irregular route along Jibia axis, to Agadez in Niger Republic and proceed to Libya.

“ Further investigation showed that only one of the victims possessed a valid travel documents.

“ However, the suspected traffickers and their victims would be handed over to NAPTIP for further action,” he added

Speaking on determination to check the menace he said, 'the command is determined to effectively man the borders to curtail the inflow of irregular migrants and criminals.' 

Nigeria Immigration Service Deports 64 Foreigners, Repatriate 1,132

There has also been reports of deportation of 64 foreigners and repatriation of 1132 persons by the Nigeria Immigration Service across the country. 

According to a report by DailyPost, the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) deported 64 irregular immigrants and repatriated 1,132 others in 2020.

The NIS provided the figures in its 2020 Annual Report released on Tuesday.

Bimbola Ojo, Assistant Comptroller-General, Planning, Research and Statistics, said 3,112 Nigerians were refused departure, while 3,563 foreigners were denied entry due to COVID-19.

The official said the pandemic caused a sharp reduction in the movement of people into the country by land and air.

However, there was a huge rise in the number of immigrants through sea borders.

“In 2019, 40,872 immigrants made their way to the country through the sea. The figure shot up to 213,116 immigrants in 2020. This represents an increase of 13.5 per cent in 2020 compared to 7 per cent in 2019.”

The agency recorded a 68.7 per cent decrease in the total number of immigrants last year.

ACJ Ojo added that the agency recorded a decrease in the number of asylum seekers in 2020 due to the pandemic.

Furthermore, the total number of passports issued in 2020 for Standard, Official and Diplomatic were 764,294 compared to 1,198,275 in 2019.

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