The Kebbi State Command of the Nigeria Immigration Service has rescued twenty-one children from a cleric while allegedly moving them from Nigeria to Senegal and Mauritania.
The State Comptroller, Rabi Bashir Nuhu, handed the children and the cleric, Hussaini Salmanu Idris from Bida in Niger state, to the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons, NAPTIP, saying they were arrested at Kangiwa by the Immigration’s border patrol team.
She said, the victims consist of 19 males and 2 females who are minors under the ages of 10 and below 20 years.
According to her, on interrogation, the children revealed that, they were going to Senegal for Maul’d celebration and to proceed to Mauritania with intension to seek Islamic knowledge.
Comptroller Rabi Nuhu said the Ecowas passport issued to the victims were fake.
She cautioned parents on the need to be aware of the traveling activities of their children for them not to be victims of human traffickers.
The Official of the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons NAPTIP Kebbi office, Sadiq Atiku Abubakar, promised that the agency would investigate and bring to justice the perpetrators, adding that the children will be reunited with their families.
Reporting by Abdullahi Tukur; editing by Oluwaseyi Ajibade