Kwara won’t tolerate human trafficking, modern slavery, Governor warns

By Tunde Akanbi, Ilorin 

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Governor of Kwara State AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq

The Kwara State Governor, AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq has condemned the rising trend of human trafficking in the country, calling it inhuman and unacceptable and warning that anyone caught will face the full weight of the law.

In a statement issued by his spokesman, Rafiu Ajakaye, “the governor was horrified by the video footage of one Ms Ajayi Omolola, who is a victim of human trafficking. Omolola, whose parents live in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital, was tricked into travelling to Lebanon in the guise of engaging her as an English tutor. It turned out to be a case of human trafficking and slavery,” the spokesman said.

“The Governor condemns this development in the strongest terms possible and has immediately linked up with security agencies to get to the root of the matter. We are glad to announce that three suspects, comprising two Nigerians and a Lebanese, have been arrested in connection with the case and the suspects are being interrogated”.

According to Mr Rafiu Ajakaye discreet investigations by the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) in Kwara State also revealed that there are at least 28 other victims of this horrible trafficking gang.

The case is soon to be handed over to the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP).

The governor is also linking up with relevant federal government and international agencies, including the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) to ensure that Ms. Ajayi and others are released from this human bondage.

Emmanuel Ukoh

 

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