The Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) attached to the international wing of Murtala Muhammed Airport (MMA), Lagos, on Friday arrested another four Ghanaians for attempted human trafficking,
The arrested by the hawk-eyed NIS officials is coming few days after eight Ghanaians were apprehended at the same airport
AbelNewsng.com learnt that the four Ghanaians who were between the ages of 22 and 25 years were on their way to Europe allegedly for prostitution when they were nabbed by the officials of the service.
It was further learnt that the four suspects had entered Nigeria through road from Togo and Benin Republic, while they also planned to travel out of Nigeria through Egypt Air before they were apprehended by the immigration officials at the airport.
A source close to the command in Abuja, gave the names of two of the suspects as Asare Mary, 24 and Ameyaa Naomi, 23.
The source said that suspects who were with Ghanaian international passports in their statements, confessed to the crime, adding that they had attempted to use Nigeria as a transit point to connect Europe via Egypt Air.
The source added that the ladies, on further interrogation lamented that the hardship in Ghana prompted them to attempt in the trade, adding that their sponsors who they refused to name bought them air tickets.
The four ladies had since been handed over to officials of the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking In Persons (NAPTIP) for possible deportation back to their country.
“Once again, our officials at the Lagos Airport have stopped four Ghanaians from using our country as a transit point to Europe to engage in prostitution. Our investigation has revealed that some unscrupulous elements within the West Coast want to use our country as a transit point to Europe or even Middle East, but our officials have been trained to detect such people, either Nigerians or foreigners. We consistently stop them and we will continue to do that, ”the source assured.