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Nine women arrested at Ikeja airport for human trafficking

by Leslie Jacks

Nine suspects were on Sunday, January 26, 2020, intercepted by operatives of the Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS) to prevent them from being trafficked outside the country.

The NIS in a statement signed by its Public Relations Officer, Sunday James, said the women were arrested at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Lagos.

He said they were to be trafficked through the airport to Lebanon, Cairo, Dubai and India on Ethiopian, Peace, Egypt and East Airlines.

“Four of them claimed to be traveling to take up employment without knowing their employers, neither were they aware of the nature of the job they were going for,” James said.

James said the suspicious journey was organized by agents who were intent on exploiting the women’s innocence and ignorance. He said that two other women claimed they were going for a visit but later confessed they were going to “hustle” in Dubai. Another two said they were yellow fever patients and were going to India for medical treatment.

On further interrogation, it was found they had no referrals, James said. The ladies eventually admitted that they were going to “hustle” in India.

The nine women were refused departure because they had no clear mission to travel, James stated.

The statement noted that the Comptroller General of Nigeria Immigration Service Muhammad Babandede called on parents to be wary of apparently juicy offers to their children by family members and non-family members to take their children abroad.

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