The Comptroller of the Nigeria Immigration Service for Katsina State, Mr. Mohammed Rabiu Yaro, on Monday disclosed that human traffickers now use motorcycles and donkeys to ferry their victims from Nigeria to neighbouring countries in order to avoid detection by security operatives.
He said this in Katsina while parading 11 victims of human trafficking who were rescued over the weekend by the state Command of the Nigeria Immigration Service in various border areas of the state.
Seven of the victims are from Edo State, three are from Delta State, while one is from Kogi State.
The NIS Comptroller for the state told journalists in Katsina that the victims were picked up individually on Saturday while attempting to cross over to the neighbouring Niger Republic on their way to Italy without any travelling documents.
Yaro said the NIS was able to rescue the victims based on the new strategies adopted by men of its intelligence unit, adding that some of the victims were riding either on motorcycles or donkeys in order not to be detected by security operatives.
The NIS Comptroller would not disclose the border areas where the victims were picked up, insisting that doing so would jeopardise the investigation being carried out by the service to track down the traffickers.
He declared, “Our investigation revealed that their mission was to cross border en route Agadez in Niger Republic to Libya and then Italy for so-called employment.
“It was further established that none of them was in possession of any travel documents. It is important to note that the victims were misled by the traffickers whose business is to ferry persons across the border through illegal routes.
“We are, however, prepared to deal with the syndicates. Katsina State will no longer be used as a transit route for human trafficking.”