On Saturday, the Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS) said it had arrested a suspected human trafficker with five female victims on their way to Europe in the Niger Republic.
The Comptroller General, NIS, Mr Muhammad Babandede, disclosed this in a statement by the Service Public Relations Officer, Mr Sunday James, on Saturday in Abuja.
He added that the arrest was made by the operatives at Kongolam border, Katsina State.
Babandede reiterated that days of crossing National frontiers without proper documentation and melting into border communities was over, as the Special Border Corps (SBC) and regular border control officers were on their toes 24/7.
He said the SBC and regular border control officers were patrolling in order to enforce adequate border security and control, while human mobility was regulated in accordance with directives of the Federal Government.
The CG congratulated the team at Kongolam for being at alert to their duty and operating a water tight control which was a well organised patrol along the Flanks.
He said their dedication was due to the various trainings, operational exercises and drills they have been exposed to thereby bringing out the best in them.
“I would like to congratulate the Katsina Command for making it difficult for traffickers and smugglers to cross the border,” NAN said. Babandede said the perpetrator and the five female victims were handed over to the Kano Zonal office of the National Agency for the Prevention of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) for further appropriate action in accordance with the mandate of the NIS.