From Ismaila Muhammad, Dutse
The Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), Jigawa State Command has last rescued eight persons at around 1900 hours on their way to Niger Republic enroute to Saurop via Libya.
This was disclosed by the Controller of the Service in the state, Alhaji Ahmad Dauda Bagari while parading the victims who were intercepted by their personnel.
H e said the victims were made up of five males and three females, who hailed from some states of the federation, to include Abia, Edo, Imo and Ogun States.
He added that the victims were youths aged between 19 and 45 years, adding that and only one was in possession of an expired Nigerian passport.
Alhaji Bagari explained that the victims mostly traveled without agents, saying that all transactions were made on phone within the syndicate.
He said they were mainly influenced by friends and with knowledge of their parents/guardians.
He said there were no incriminating items/drugs found in their possession upon interrogation.
He disclosed that the Controller General of the Service, Alhaji Idris Isah Jere, directed that the victims be handed over to NAPTIP and also advised the parents/ guardians and general public to watch over their children/wards abroad for non existing greener pasture.
He pointed out that the country is far better than the so-called greener pasture abroad in form of freedom and other expectations. “It is important to advise parents, guardians and the general public to watch over their children/wards and instill patriotism in them to stay in their Ccountry,’’ he quipped.