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A suspected human trafficking has been arrested for attempting to take two underage girls out of the country
The suspect was nabbed by the Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS) operatives attached to the Alimosho Passport Office,Lagos state .
The Passport Control Officer (PCO), Mrs. Ayoola Malaolu,Confirmed the arrest of the suspected trafficker.
PLATFORM TIMES gathered that the alleged trafficker had taken the girls to the passport office claiming they were her daughters in a bid to procure international passports for them.
But, she was busted when she could not reconcile the woman’s age with those of the two girls she claimed she birthed.
The suspects was reportedly queried over her submissions for further investigation and was later discovered that the girls were allegedly recruited by her to be shipped abroad for exploitation.
A source said the incident occurred last week, adding that several of such persons have been apprehended at the branch which commenced business late last year.
“It seems traffickers think because this passport office is new, they will have it easy. It is not possible here as we scrutinized every form and ensure due diligence.
“We have had instances where people want to procure passports for adopted children for the purpose of taking them overseas.
” Those who have legal documents of adoption were directed to Abuja as it is only the CG that has the final say on such issues.
“For those who did illegal adoptions, they came posing that the babies were their biological kids but were uncovered by our diligent officers.
“When certain documents were required from them, some of them.never came back,” said the source.
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