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Men of the Nigeria immigration service (NIS), Kebbi state command on Sunday confirmed the interception of no fewer than 21 almajiris, one cleric Hussaini Salmanu Idris an indigene of Niger state at Kangiwa border in Kebbi state while on routine patrol.
This was made known by the state comptroller of immigration, Rabi Bashir Nuhu in Birnin Kebbi. According to her, the cleric and the almajiris were reportedly en route from Senegal to Mauritania when they were arrested by her personnel at the border.
She went on to explain that, upon interrogation, the suspect Idris confirmed he was taking them to Senegal for maulud and afterwards proceed to Mauritania, 19 males and 2 females mostly minors are in the cleric’s contingent.
She added that they were arrested based on suspicion of human trafficking because a fake ECOWAS passport was found in the cleric’s possession and his narration was full of lies so he was actually trafficking them to Mauritania.
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While handing them over to the official of NAPTIP, the state immigration chief warned parents to desist from their lose behaviour of entrusting their children to clerics in the name of seeking knowledge as the command is up and doing in terms of nabbing in the bud illegal migrations and human trafficking in the state.
Responding to the official of NAPTIP, Kebbi state Sadiq Atiku Abubakar, pledged to get to the root of the matter until justice is done on the matter, he said that NAPTIP will continue to discourage human trafficking in the state.
In a related development, the United Kingdom government has made an open accusation about numerous asylum seekers who have been “abusing the system” and urging the need to “take back control” and they had reiterated this statement while also talking tough on immigration.
But with its latest pledge to reduce most of the crossings from northern France in small boats, they have also come with a blatant promise to defy international conventions.
‘It’s not racist for anyone… to want to control our borders, it’s not bigoted to say that we have too many asylum seekers who are abusing the system,’ said Home Secretary Suella Braverman.
The stance which had been earned Braverman, whose parents had also emigrated to Britain from Kenya and Mauritius in the 1960s, with a standing ovation at this week’s Conservative party’s annual conference.