The Comptroller General of Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS), Mr. Muhammad Babandede, has warned parents to diligently watch the activities of their children, especially teenagers, saying they are targets of human traffickers.
The NIS boss made this statement sequel to the arrest of six human traffickers and their victims at the Seme border by officials of the agency.
The NIS boss stated that confessional statement supplied by the victims indicated that they were being trafficked for prostitution, but were deceived by their traffickers with job provision.
The Public Relations Officer of the service, Mr. Sunday James, in a statement obtained by Summit News, said that the Comptroller of Immigration Service in-charge of Seme border control post, Mr. Joshua Ajisafe, led the arrest of the traffickers and their victims after intensive investigation, which confirmed the status of their travels.
Mr. James decried that the illicit human trafficking business had been on the rise in the country under various guise, but noted that the perpetrators had always been nabbed by officials of the agency through timely intelligence and operational synergy between officers along the national borders and airports.
He added that the Comptroller General, had cautioned parents to keep eyes on their children especially teenagers whom he said were prone to fall victim to deceitful acts.
He noted that some of the traffickers are close family members, friends and even sources on the Internet that connect them to such criminal elements.
He advised parents to embark on proper guidance and counseling to prevent their wards from becoming victims of trafficking.