A total of nine girls who were scheduled to travel out of the country were intercepted at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos, for alleged trafficking.
This was disclosed in a statement issued by Sunday James, the Public Relations Officer of the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), on Saturday.
According to the service, the apprehended ladies were bound to travel to Lebanon, Cairo, the Egyptian capital; Dubai in the United Arab Emirates (UAE); and India via Ethiopian, Peace, Egypt and East Airlines respectively.
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The service stated that the girls upon interrogation at the airport provided no concrete reason on the details of their planned travel or the identity of their hosts in their arrival countries.
“Four (4) of them claimed to be travelling to take up employment without knowing their employers neither were they aware of the nature of job they were going for, a discovery made after being interrogated.
“The shady journey was organized by agents aimed at exploiting their innocence and ignorance, two(2) others claimed they were going for visit later confessed they were going for hustle in Dubai and the remaining (2) claimed they were going to India for Medical treatment without referrals when further asked the nature of sickness they said yellow fever before they finally confessed to be going for hustle in India,” the statement read.
The statement noted that when the ladies finally confessed that their trips were allegedly organised by scrupulous agents in a bid to find jobs, they were stopped by Immigration operatives from boarding their planes “to save their lives and dignity”.
The service said Muhammad Babandede, the NIS Comptroller General, called on parents to be wary of juicy offers to their children by family members and non-family members to take their children abroad on a deceitful planned trip for employment, studies or visit which may end up in exploitation or death.
It also reiterated that NIS operatives will continue to man the various entry and exit point to restrain such gullible persons from departing the country.