Nigerian authorities rescued 40 victims of human trafficking in northern Katsina between January and May, an official said on Tuesday.
Muhammed Rabiu, a Comptroller of the Nigeria Immigration Service, said the affected persons were apprehended while trying to cross Kongolon-Babban-Mutum border to Niger Republic on their way to Europe.
Rabiu said the victims, between 18 and 30 years, did not possess valid travelling documents.
The victims were arrested at different border checkpoints, he added, noting that female victims had disguised as villagers of the border communities while attempting to cross over.
He advised traffickers and their collaborators to have a change of mind and stop the illegal business.
The immigration chief said the victims had been handed over to the National Agency for the Prohibition of Traffic in Persons for necessary action.
Nigeria has pledged anti-human trafficking activities in collaboration with the international community including UN organizations, local and international non-governmental organizations. Enditem