No fewer than 2 suspected human traffickers have been arrested by the Katsina State Command of the Nigeria Immigration Service, NIS.
Reports indicated that the two alleged human traffickers, were once repatriated to Nigeria from Libya by the Federal Government.
The suspects, Omoseyin Rotimi, 43, from Ondo State, and Omoniyi Olowoporoku, 31, from Edo State, were arrested by the NIS operatives at the Mazanya and Daura patrol bases, respectively, while attempting to ferry some of their victims across the Nigerian borders to the Niger Republic.
The NIS Comptroller, Mr Olusola Ajisafe, disclosed the arrest on Wednesday at the Katsina headquarters of the service, where the men and their victims were paraded.
Ajisafe said the final destination of the men and their victims was Libya.
He gave the names of the victims as Akinbayo Ashabi, 38, from Oyo State; Gracious Aghafekokhian, 23, from Edo State; and Shedrack Agumadu, 38, from Enugu State.
The fourth victim, Aishat Agbajelola, 27, from Ondo State, was said to have lived in Libya for more than five years.
The comptroller said Omoseyin intended to smuggle both Agbajelola and Agumadu to Libya, while Olowoporoku wanted to traffic Ashabi also to Libya.
He added that the two human traffickers procured travel documents for their victims from the same person in Kaduna State.
Ajisafe said “It may interest you to note that Rotimi and Aishat, who claimed to be husband and wife, are diehard and unrepentant human smugglers formerly residing in Libya irregularly. They were rescued and brought back to Nigeria through the Federal Government’s free transportation programme in 2018 when many Nigerians stranded in Libya were brought back home.
“No sooner had they return to Nigeria than they constituted themselves into very powerful recruitment agents, deceiving unsuspecting young Nigerians with good job offers in Libya; they also deceived their victims with offers of education or greener pastures in Europe.”
The comptroller added that the suspects and their victims would be transferred to the NIS headquarters in Abuja for further investigation and necessary action.