Russia 2018 : NAPTIP rescues 10 victims of Human Trafficking in Lagos
… ARRESTS POLICE OFFICER, QUARANTINE OFFICER AND 3 OTHERS
Operatives of the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) have intercepted and rescued 10 Nigerian youths who were being trafficked to Moscow, Russia.
They were intercepted at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA) in an operation code named ‘’Operation BLOCK’’ while trying to board a Turkish Airline flight to Russia using the 2018 World Cup tagged ‘’Russia 2018’’ as avenue for travelling to Russia.
The rescued victims comprise 9 young girls and 1 boy. Five of the rescued persons are from Edo State, 3 are from Delta State, one from Imo State and the other is from Benue State.
8 of them reside in Benin City while the other 2 reside in Warri and Osogbo respectively. It was from these locations that they were moved simultaneously to Lagos for the journey to Russia with their FIFA Fan ID which is required as one of the documents for entry into Russia through out the period of the football tournament.
Five suspects including a Police Sergeant and a Quarantine Officer were also arrested as they were caught coordinating the movement of the victims. Those arrested are Esan Matthew (Policeman), Stephen Fayemiwo (Quarantine Officer) Azeez Olowo, Idowu Fashakin and Eni Godwin.
It will be recalled that the Director-General of NAPTIP, Dame Julie Okah-Donli had penultimate week alerted the nation through the media that criminal gangs were on the prowl using the relaxed entry into Russia for the 2018 World Cup to recruit Nigerian youths to Russia for exploitation.
She also stated that operatives of the Agency were working on some intelligence gathered and were on the trail of the criminal gangs and their potential victims.