The Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), Katsina State command has launched a manhunt for a woman simply identified as ‘Mama Yusuf’.
The woman is said to specialise in camping trafficked persons, especially children in the city, in preparation of their purported trip to Europe through Libya.
The comptroller of the command, Ajisafe Joshua Olusola, told journalists at the weekend that three young ladies who were rescued at the Jibia border confirmed that the suspect had camped them in her house before taking them to a motor park to travel to Maradi, in Niger Republic and were apprehended trying to cross the border.
The three girls, Halima Abdulaziz, 19, Fatima Adio, 20, and Salamatu Hakeem, 17, all Kwara State indigenes had also told the command investigation officers that they were brought from Lagos State by one Alhaji who linked them to another person in Kaduna were they spent six nights before arriving Katsina.
He said the rescued girls told officials that they left behind many young girls at the Kabala camp, adding that “they are being transported one by one to Katsina and not in group to avoid suspicion.”