AVSEC arrest immigration officers for human trafficking at Lagos airport
by Bill Okonedo
March 8, 2018 | 7:05 pm| | | Start Conversation
Two men from the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) working at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Lagos were Thursday afternoon arrested for human trafficking at the facility.
The arrested officers who were simply identified as Arayinbo and Awosanmi, our correspondent gathered, were off duty when they allegedly committed the offence.
A source close to the scene of the incident said that the arrested officers had attempted to traffic six underage girls to Omar and Kuwait aboard an Ethiopian Airlines aircraft before they were arrested.
The source said that officials of Aviation Security (AVSEC), a department under the Federal Airports Authority (FAAN) apprehended the two immigration officers at the departure hall of the airport when they attempted to escort the six girls to board the aircraft.
As at the time of filing this report, the arrested officers have been taken to the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) for further prosecution.
A senior security officer at the Lagos Airport who didn’t want his name in print confirmed the development to BusinessDay.
James Sunday, the spokesman for immigration confirmed the arrest on phone with our correspondent.
Sunday further declared that the service had ordered for a thorough investigation to further reveal the syndicates.
He added that the arrested officers would be transferred to the headquarters in Abuja for appropriate disciplinary action, stressing that the service would not tolerate such indiscipline act among its men.
It would be recalled that Lagos Airport is one of the points identified for human trafficking in the country.
Another source said that five officers of the immigration service were last week arrested by the police for a similar offence at the airport.
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