Muritala Sanni, an alleged human trafficking kingpin, has been arrested in Lagos, after a five year manhunt.
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A Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), Kick against Human Trafficking and Human Rights Abuse Foundation, reportedly facilitated Sanni’s arrest and handed him over to the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons for prosecution (NAPTIP).
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It was gathered that Sanni was nabbed on September 23, 2020, at his hideout in a hotel in the Amukoko area of Lagos State by policemen from the Amukoko police station.
Sanni was said to have been taken into custody, after one of his victims was used as a bait to trick him to the hotel.
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According to Ojay Akinwale, president of the NGO, the suspect’s arrest is a major success for the organisation, as his alleged trafficking network cut across Libya and East Africa.
Confirming the arrest of the suspect, the Public Relations Officer of NAPTIP, Hajara Tunde-Osho, stated that the trafficking kingpin will be prosecuted after investigation.
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“The suspect was arrested on Wednesday, September 23, 2020, and handed over to us on Thursday, September 24, 2020. We will carry out our investigation and prosecute him afterwards,” she said.