How we sold Nigerians into slavery in Libya —Suspects

How we sold Nigerians into slavery in Libya —Suspects 2•We’ve misplaced rely variety of individuals trafficked

By Ifeanyi okolie

A Kano based mostly human trafficking  syndicate which specialised in trafficking girls from Nigeria to Libya for prostitution, has been smashed by operatives of the Inspector General of Police Special Intelligence Response Team, IRT.

Vanguard gathered {that a} 28-year-old mom of two, Nofisat Mustapha, was additionally rescued by the IRT operatives, after they rounded up two members of the syndicate, in Kano state lately. It was realized additional that the syndicate, has brokers throughout the nation, who have been recruiting girls, below the guise of getting them mouthwatering jobs in Libya.

Vanguard additionally realized that these girls weren’t required to pay any cash for his or her transportation, as they might be transported to Kano state by the syndicate’s brokers without cost and after they arrived Kano, members of the syndicate would repair them in a bus that may take them to Niger Republic, from the place they might be taken to Libya by highway.

Sources disclosed that the Kano based mostly syndicate has an affiliation with a human trafficking cell in Niger Republic, which after receiving these girls, would promote them off to prostitution rings in Libya, the place they might be held captive and be made to work as prostitutes for 2 years to be able to off set the payments spent in transporting them to Libya and their house owners would make substantial income from them.

It was gathered that operatives of the IRT, headed by Deputy Commissioner of Police, Abba Kayri, in February 2020, intercepted intelligence concerning the syndicate’s actions and arrested a industrial bus driver, Abudulahi Umaru, who plied the Abuja- Kano route, serving to the syndicate transport victims from Abuja to Kano State. His confessions have been stated to have aided the operatives in apprehending the ring chief, Abubakar Suleiman, in Kano state whereas Nofisat Mustapha, the syndicate’s final sufferer, who was led into believing that she was going to get a job in Libya was rescued when she arrived Kano State.

I earn N10,000 per particular person—Suleiman

In his confession, Abubakar Suleiman stated; “I started human trafficking last year, I was introduced to the business by a Nigerien, known as Almusuru, who had relocated back to his country. Almusuru and I were working together at Matara Motor Park Daura Road, Kano. After Almusuru left for Niger Republic, he would call me that people were coming to meet him in Niger and when they got to Kano, I should put them in a vehicle that would bring them to Niger republic. I have sent over 100 people to Almusru and I earned N10,000 for each of them. I don’t know where the people came from, Almusuru was the person communicating with all the agents across Nigeria and my job was just to take them to Niger Republic and Almusuru would pay me my money. I don’t even know if they would get to Libya safely or die in the desert. I knew it was a crime but I was doing it because I needed the money”, he said

All I care about is cash——Umaru

In his personal confession, Abdulahi Umaru, a local of Kadawa space of Kano state stated; “I used to be arrested as a result of I used to be into human trafficking. As a industrial bus driver plying the Abuja, Kano route, I labored for the human traffickers. I helped them ferry their victims from Abuja to Kano and would hand them over to the agent in Kano, who would take them to Niger Republic and from the place they might go to Libya and develop into slaves. I don’t care what they do in Libya, although I’ve heard within the information that there’s modern-day slavery in Libya and the way Nigerians are being handled in that nation.

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All I care about is the cash I’m being paid. The journey from Abuja is N3000, however I charged N7000 for many who are being trafficked in another country. I make N4000 revenue and I’ve misplaced rely of the variety of folks I’ve trafficked to Libya”.

How I used to be lured—Nofisat

When Vanguard interviewed the sufferer, Nofisat Mustapha, who’s a local of Abeokuta Ogun State, she narrated how she was lured by the syndicate’s agent and the way she was rescued by the police. She stated; “I’m a secondary college dropout, my husband left me three years in the past, after I was about having my second baby. He heard that I used to be going to have the kid by way of surgical procedure and he had no cash, so, he deserted me within the hospital and ran away.

My mom footed the payments and I used to be discharged however I had no job and was compelled to work at a constructing web site in Ogun State. I labored to the purpose the place I began feeling pains from the surgical procedure and I needed to cease, then I began cooking and promoting noodles. Last month, there was this girl residing in my space who approached me and informed me that she didn’t like the way in which I used to be struggling and he or she needed me to give up and journey to Libya to get a superb job the place I might earn good cash.

She stated she would ship me to Kano state , then the particular person in Kano would ship me to Libya, I might work for one yr and that the Kano man who sponsored the journey would take all my wage and after wards, I might begin incomes my cash. I boarded a bus to Kano from Agege, Lagos and after I arrived Kano, the police have been already ready for me and I used to be arrested. I didn’t know that the plan was to promote me off in Libya. I used to be solely attempting to go and search for cash to care for my kids. I’m not a prostitute and I’ve not carried out prostitution” she lamented.

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