Oyo State Command of Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS) has rescued about 131 children from child traffickers in four months and has successfully not less than 56 children with their parents.
The state Comptroller of NIS, Mrs. Victoria Isangedighi, disclosed this to journalists in Ibadan at the weekend, stressing that not less than 75 of the rescued children are minors suspected to have been lured from their unsuspecting parents by relatives for the purpose of using them for child labour, within and outside the country.
She said the children who were victims of child trafficking by Nigerians and foreigners were rescued through the intelligence and surveillance effort of men of the Command during various operations at different locations within the state in the last four months.
The Immigration boss further stated that from February till date, 144 traffickers were nabbed, which included 75 Nigerians and 69 non-Nigerians. Isangedighi added that 12 of the cases that require further investigation and probably prosecution have been transferred to the National Agency for the Prohibition of Traffic in Persons and Other related Matters, NAPTIP.
According to her, in the last two months she assumed office, the Command has registered about 300 foreigners from across ECOWAS countries that showed interest in staying within the jurisdiction of the Command from the neighbouring West African countries.
She however said the Command also apprehended over 2,000 illegal immigrants into the country, with either fake or invalid documents. She lauded the gallant and intelligence efforts of the border corps of the Command, who arrest and repatriate illegal immigrants in the face of security challenges facing the country.
While enumerating efforts to ensure more effective and efficient service delivery to the large number of people who throng the State Command, especially to apply for international passport, the Immigration boss appealed to prospective applicants not to patronise touts and unsuspecting fraudsters. She noted that the Command was currently undergoing massive facelift to ensure a more conducive and comfortable environment for prospective applicants.