Three Suspected human Smugglers arrested in Edo, lagos

Three Suspected human Smugglers arrested in Edo, lagos

A combined team of Edo State Task Force Against Human Trafficking and irregular migration and the Anti Human trafficking Unit of Nigeria Immigration Service, Edo State Command has arrested three suspected smugglers in Edo and Lagos states.

The three suspects included two ladies who were arrested at Evbuotubu axis of Benin City, while a commercial bus driver was later arrested in a motor park in Lagos.

They were arrested following a tipoff from some rehabilitated victims of human trafficking in parts of Benin City.

The suspects admitted to the crime.

The principal suspect who is now in the web of the security operatives.

She said, “my brother’s wife asked for girls. I asked this lady to get for me. At first she brought two girls and later came with another two before we were arrested.”

An accomplice, a hair stylist (name withheld) “the first two are my sisters. The two new girls I brought said they have intention of travelling out of the country so I brought them to her.

The duo later confessed a commercial driver who transports victims through the borders.

According to him, “I met one Mr Osas with two ladies and he asked me to transport them across the border which I did and also collected my number. Since then I have helped him in such business.

One of the victims said they were told to pay four million naira each.

The Comptroller, Nigerian Immigration Service, Edo State Command, Kayode Eniolorunda said the fight against human trafficking is yielding results.

The senior Special assistant to Governor Godwin Obaseki on Anti Human Trafficking Issues, Solomon Okoduwa who was part of the operations, said the government is determined to rid the state of human trafficking and related crime.

The Attorney General of the state and Chairman of Task Force Against Human Trafficking and irregular migration assured that the task force will continually to collaborate with relevant bodies to ensure that the activities of human trafficking are stamped out of the state.

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