Traficked Burundian Woman And Her 3 Children Rescued In Imo State

NAPTIP, DSS Operatives Rescue Trafficked Burundians from Imo Village –  TheSightNews

Yemisi Izuora

A Burundian woman and her

three children suspected to be victims of trafficking have been rescued from a village in Imo State where they were being exploited by their trafficker.

The victims were freed by a combined operatives of the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) and the Department of State Services (DSS),  Imo State Command.

The victims, Ms Siniremera Snadrine Bizimana and her three children namely  Murwaneza Zertha Maecy, Akimana ken Bethel and Umwiza Goodluck Collins,  were set free through the early morning sting operation carried out on their  holding mud house located in Umunoha village in Mbaitol Local Government  Area of Imo State. Investigation revealed that the victims were rescued based on a complaint  from the United Nations High Commission for Refugees lodged at the  Headquarters of NAPTIP and further directive from the Director General of the  Agency, Dr Fatima Waziri – Azi. It was gathered that the victims who have refugee status in Kenya, were  trafficked to Lagos, Nigeria by yet to be identified human trafficker in  September 2021 and thereafter moved to Umunoha, Imo State where their  movement were restricted and forced into menial labour of all sorts on daily  basis in order to feed. Their traveling document and other valuable personal belongings were also  confiscated by the unknown trafficker in the process. In his explanation, the Commander, Imo State Command of NAPTIP, Mr.  Earnest Ogbu, stated that account from the victims indicated that they may  have been deceived by the trafficker into coming to Nigeria and a remote  village in Imo State without any resistance.  Speaking on the development, Director General of NAPTIP, Dr Fatima Waziri – Azi, thanked all stakeholders and partners who provided information and  assisted in ensuring a successful operation that led to the rescue of the victims. The NAPTIP boss specifically appreciates the effort and collaboration of the  Imo State Command of the Department State Services for providing the  needed operational support. She assured that those behind the ordeal of the victims shall be identified and  prosecuted. “I have directed our operatives to carry out diligent investigation on how the  victims got to the village. The traffickers will be identified and made to face  justice”, the NAPTIP Director General stated.

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