Operatives of the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) Airport Command, Lagos have apprehended nine girls who were about to be trafficked through the Murtala Mohammed International Airport to Lebanon, Cairo, Dubai and India on Ethiopian, Peace, Egypt and East Airlines respectively.
According to a statement by the Public Relations Officer of the Service, Deputy Comptroller of Immigration, Sunday James in Abuja on Friday, four of the apprehended girls claimed to be traveling to take up employment without knowing their employers neither were they aware of the nature of job they were going for, a discovery he said was made after being interrogated.
James added that two others claimed they were going for a visit and later confessed they were going to hustle in Dubai while the remaining two claimed they were going to India for Medical treatment without referrals and when further asked the nature of sickness, they said yellow fever before they finally confessed to be going to hustle in India.
James disclosed that the shady journey was organized by agents aimed at exploiting the girls’ innocence and ignorance.
He said, “Considering that the nine girls had no credible mission for embarking on the failed journey they were refused departure to save their lives and dignity.
“The Comptroller General of the Nigeria Immigration Service, Muhammad Babandede MFR is calling on parents to be wary of juicy offers to their children by family members and non-family members to take their children abroad on a deceitful planned trip for employment, studies or visit which may end up in exploitation or death.
“The operatives at the various entry and exit point will never permit them departure, and if they so appear in an attempt to beat security, they will continue to be arrested in our stepped-up clearance operation that is yielding positive results in the various arrests made around the borders of the country by NIS.”
Photo: Comptroller General of Nigeria Immigration Service, Muhammad Babandede.
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