Kwara won’t tolerate human trafficking, modern slavery, governor warns
• Two Nigerians, One Lebanese Arrested Over Ilorin Case
Kwara State Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq has condemned the rising trend of human trafficking in the country, calling it inhuman and unacceptable, saying anyone caught should face the full weight of the law.
“The governor of Kwara State is horrified by the video footage of one Ms. Ajayi Omolola, who is a victim of human trafficking. The governor’s spokesman, Rafiu Ajakaye, in a statement yesterday, said: “Omolola, whose parents live in the Kwara State capital, Ilorin, 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 governor condemns this development in the strongest terms possible and has immediately linked up with the security agencies to get to the roots of the matter. “We are glad to announce that three suspects, comprising two Nigerians and the Lebanese referred to in the footage, have been arrested in connection with the case and are being interrogated. The suspects are Wasit Muhammad, the Lebanese, one Olatunji Sanusi, a lawyer and one Tunde.
“Apart from Ms. Ajayi, discreet investigations by the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) in Kwara State have 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 Eis 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.”
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