•By Dare Ojelade
Three people: two Nigerians and a Lebanese have been arrested for alleged human trafficking in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital.
They were arrested by officials of the state chapter of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) in connection with the case of one Ms Ajayi Omolola, a victim of suspected human trafficking.
Omolola was tricked into travelling to Lebanon on the pretence of being employed as an English language tutor. But the adventure turned out to be a case of human trafficking and modern slavery.
The video footage of the experience of Omolola, whose parents live in Ilorin, git the attention of the state government with Governor Abdul-Rahaman Abdul Razaq personally waiding into the matter.
The Kwara State Governor linked up with security agencies in the state and the discreet investigations by officials of the NSCDC led to the arrest of the two Nigerians and one Lebanese while another Nigerian member of the gang is presently on the run.
The three arrested suspects are: Wasit Muhammad, Lebanese; Olatunji Sanusi, a lawyer; and one Tunde, both of them Nigerians. The last Nigerian in the gang, Joseph is at large.
Investigations by the NSCDC officials have revealed that apart from Omolola, there are 28 other Nigerians who have been lured into this act of modern slavery by the gang and currently undergoing excruciating modern slavery experience in Lebanon and other Middle East countries.
The three suspects are currently being interrogated and very soon the case will be handed over to the National Agency for Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP).
In the meantime, Governor Abdul Razaq has taken over the case of Omolola and others and is deploying all necessary measures to ensure that they are released from their captivity.
He is already linking up with relevant federal and international agencies particularly the Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the International Migration Organisation (Imo) on the matter.
A statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Rafiu Ajakaye, on Friday, 10 January, 2020 stated that the Kwara state Governor vowed that any act of human trafficking and modern slavery would be vehemently resisted by his administration.
“The Governor is concerned that fellow human beings are engaging in another round of slavery despite the horror and unquantifiable loss of the 20th century. Kwara will never tolerate such inhuman and unlawful trade. He requests citizens to expose any of such activity they may know of. He also calls for the highest penalty for anyone caught in the activity, no matter their class in the society, to deter others from engaging in it,” the statement said.
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