From. Desmond Mgboh, Kano

Fifty-one victims of human trafficking have been rescued by officers of the Kano State Hisbah Board.

The victims who comprised 49 females and two males between 18 to 50 were subsequently handed over to the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) for further action.

NAPTIP Zonal Commander Abdullahi Babale, who disclosed this during the handover ceremony, said that already operatives of the agency had arrested two suspects in connection with the crime.

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“The victims were rescued on April 21, at Hotoro motor park in Kano metropolis by the State Hisbah Board on their way to Cote d’Ivoire, to secure a visa to travel to Saudi Arabia for labour exploitation”

“Out of the 51 victims, two are from Niger Republic, while others were from Kano, Katsina, Yobe and Jigawa states,”

He appreciated the Director-General, Kano State Hisbah Board, for his cooperation and assured that the suspects would be charged in court at the end of the investigation.

“The rescued victims would be counselled and rehabilitated before reuniting them with their families,” he stated.