NIS Intercepts Cleric While Trafficking 21 Children To Mauritania

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The Nigeria Immigration Service Kebbi State Command has arrested a cleric while trafficking 21 children from Nigeria to Mauritania and Senegal through the Kebbi border post.

The Islamic cleric whose name was given as Husseini Suleiman Idris, a native of Bida in Niger State was arrested at Kangiwa Border Post of the Nigeria Immigration Service in Arewa Local Government Area of Kebbi State as he tried to move the children out of the country with fake ECOWAS passports.

While briefing journalists at the NIS Command in Birnin Kebbi, the State Comptroller Rabi Bashir Nuhu said upon interrogation, the cleric claimed he was taking the children to Senegal for Maulud celebration from where he planned to move them to Mauritania to seek Islamic knowledge.

Some of the children who spoke to journalists claimed that their parents were aware of their journey to Mauritania and Senegal and that they even paid for the trip.

While accepting the children from the NIS, representative of National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP), Sadiq Abubakar Atiku, said they will immediately commence investigation into the matter and will rehabilitate the children before they are reunited with their families.

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