The Sokoto Zonal Command of the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Person( NAPTIP) has reunited 22 rescued victims of human trafficking with their families through their resident community leaders in Sokoto.
Handing over the victims to their respective community leaders, the Zonal Commander, Abubakar Bashiru, said the agency had concluded investigations and contacted their parents who agreed that they should be handed over to the community leaders in Sokoto.
The rescued victims include those from Lagos, Ondo, Osun, Ogun, Ekiti and Oyo.
Others came from Imo ,Delta and Edo states respectively.
Bashiru said: “During our investigations, the agency observed that some of the victims were into the activity with the backing of their parents while others without the knowledge of anyone not even their families.”
The Zonal Commander, who said the agency took time to counsel the victims, reiterated the needs for parents to be careful and pay attention to the care of their children against anyone one taking advantage to deceive them under the guise of seeking lucrative jobs for them.
Speaking shortly after being handed some of the victims, the President General Yoruba community in Sokoto State and Special Adviser to Governor Tambuwal on Yoruba Resident community , Chief James Olorunfemi, said it was disheartening that Yoruba daughters were involved in the act.
”It is sad that our children are part of this ugly show of shame. We are not known for that. Our history abhors such act.
We have also taken our time to profile and discuss with some of their parents only to discover they were aware and regretted their involvement,” he said.
The 22 victim were intercepted at Niger Republic and handed over to NAPTIP, Sokoto Zonal Command by the Nigeria Immigration Service , Illela border Command on Monday.