NAPTIP intercepts 10 Russia-bound victims of human trafficking
– Operatives of the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons intercepted and rescued ten Nigerian youths who were being trafficked to Moscow, Russia
– They were intercepted on Saturday night, June 9 at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos state
– NAPTIP had earlier raised concern about criminal gangs using the relaxed entry into Russia for the World Cup to recruit young Nigerians to Russia for exploitation
The Operatives of National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) arrested two police officers and three others believed to have been involved in attempts to traffic 10 children to Moscow, Russia.
Daily Trust reports that they were intercepted on Saturday night, June 9 at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA) in an operation code named ‘’Operation BLOCK’’ while trying to board a Turkish Airline flight to Russia using the 2018 World Cup tagged ‘’Russia 2018’’ as avenue for travelling to Russia.
According to a statement from the press and public relations unit of NAPTIP, the rescued victims comprised of nine young girls and one boy.
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The statement read: “Five of the rescued persons are from Edo state, three are from Delta State, one from Imo state and the other is from Benue State. Eight of them reside in Benin City while the other two reside in Warri and Osogbo respectively.”
”It was from these locations that they were moved simultaneously on Friday to Lagos for the journey to Russia. They all had the FIFA Fan ID.
The statement further disclosed that five suspects including a police sergeant and a quarantine officer were also arrested as they were caught coordinating the movement of the victims.
The names of the officials arrested are Esan Matthew (policeman), Stephen Fayemiwo (quarantine officer), Azeez Olowo, Idowu Fashakin and Eni Godwin.
The director-general of NAPTIP Julie Okah-Donli had penultimate week alerted the nation through the media that criminal gangs were on the prowl using the relaxed entry into Russia for the 2018 World Cup to recruit Nigerian youths to Russia for exploitation.
She also stated that operatives of the Agency were working on some intelligence gathered and were on the trail of the criminal gangs and their potential victims.
According to her, ‘’These traffickers have continued to mount pressure on some youths and their parents forcing them to part with huge sums of money in exchange for a Russian visa.’’