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Travel operators in NAPTIP net over human trafficking offence

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Two travel and tour agencies operators have been arrested by the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) for alleged involvement in the trafficking of 96 Nigerians to Saudi Arabia.

The culprits, Ibrahim Wali, Managing Director and Chief Executive of Family Travel and Tour Limited and Nasiru Musa Jubril, Chairman of Divine Travel & Tour limited were picked up in Abuja. They were arrested for alleged trafficking of 96 Nigerians to Saudi Arabia using the 2017 Hajj exercise.

The red flags were raised recently by the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) in a letter of complaint against Family Travel & Tour Limited, which applied for and got allocation to take 450 persons to Saudi Arabia during the 2017 Hajj exercise. However, months after the Hajj operations ended, the company is unable to account for 96 of the people and every attempt to get the company to bring the people back has proved abortive.

In the course of investigation, Wali alleged that it was his friend, Jubril that used his company to transact the business. The two suspects are making useful statements as investigation continues.

Speaking on the arrest, Director-General of NAPTIP, Julie Okah – Donli, warned travel and tour operators to desist from recruiting innocent Nigerian for sexual and labour exploitation, adding that their actions are inimical to the development of the nation.


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