Nigeria Immigration Service, NIS, has rescued 11 human traffic victims from the border areas between Niger Republic and Katsina State.
Speaking on the issue yesterday while parading the victims, the Comptroller of NIS for the state, Mohammed Rabiu Yaro, said the victims were rescued last Saturday.
Yaro said the victims were being trafficked by the use of motorcycles and donkeys to avoid detection by security.
He also said such means of transportation was now being used by human traffickers being that they were having difficult time from security when they use cars.
He said the victims were picked up individually on Saturday while attempting to cross over to neighbouring Niger Republic on their way to Italy without any travelling documents.
The Immigration boss said NIS was able to rescue the victims based on new strategies adopted by its intelligence unit, and that some of the victims were riding either on motorcycles or donkeys in order not to be detected by security operatives.
He said it was important to note that the victims were misled by the traffickers whose business is to ferry persons across the border through illegal routes.
He said the NIS in the state was ready to deal with the syndicate group to stop them from using the state as a transiting route for human trafficking.
The NIS boss said the eleven victims would be handed over to the National Agency For the Prohibition of Traffic in Persons and other related matters, NAPTIP, Zonal office in Kano for further action.
Three of the victims, namely Favour Akpai, Sandra Richard and Osas Imafidon told newsmen that they regretted their action, pointing out that they acted out of ignorance and misinformation.
Our correspondent reports that seven of the victims are from Edo State while three are from Delta State; the last victim hails from Kogi State.
The victims include Sandra Richard, 24, (female, Edo), Osasumwen Asemota, 19, (female, Edo), Blessing Ojebor, 23, (female, Delta), Ejiro Okotie, 24 (female, Delta), Favour Akpai, 25, (female, Kogi) and Richy Andrew, 38, (Male, Edo).
The rest are Dereksun Osareniro, 28, (male, Edo), Otama John, 23, (male, Delta), Osas Imafidon, 25, (male, Edo), Samson Ogieva, 26, (male, Edo) and Oke Blessing, 25 (male, Edo).

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