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NAPTIP rescues 35 Nigerians being trafficked to Europe in Niger Republic

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The National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking In Persons (NAPTIP), on Friday, announced that the agency rescued 36 Nigerians who were being trafficked to Europe through the desert.

The rescued victims, according to the Zonal Coordinator of the Agency in Kano State, Abdullahi Babale, were intercepted in Niger Republic “on their way to Europe through the Nigerien border.”

Babale, while briefing newsmen on the rescued victims, said they have been handed over to the Nigerian Immigration Service and transferred to NAPTIP at Kongolam International Border Post, Maiadua, in Katsina State.

“Out of the total number, six of the victims are males and 29 females aged between five and 42 years respectively.

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“The victims were recruited and transported from Ondo, Lagos, Enugu, Anambra, Oyo, Imo, Ogun, Ekiti, Edo, Osun, Kogi and Abia states.

“The victims were on their way to Europe through the Nigerian border. The agency had commenced investigation into the matter with a view of arresting and prosecuting the traffickers,” Babale said.

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