NGO aids suspected human trafficker’s arrest, handover to NAPTIP

A non-governmental organisation, Kick against Human Trafficking and Human Rights Abuse Foundation, has facilitated the arrest and handover of an alleged kidnap kingpin, Muritala Sanni, to the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons for prosecution.

Sanni was arrested last Wednesday at his hideout in a hotel in the Amukoko area of Lagos State by policemen from the Amukoko Police Station.

The President of the organisation, Ojay Akinwale, told our correspondent that Sanni was arrested after one of his victims was used as a bait to trick him to the hotel, where he was arrested by the police.

Sanni’s arrest, according to Akinwale was a major success for the organisation as his alleged trafficking network cut across Libya and East Africa.

He said, “It’s been a long battle and journey, and our people have never given up hunting for him. We have been looking for him since 2016, although our fight against human trafficking in Nigeria started in 2004. Before now, we alongside NAPTIP, have been able to arrest and get a conviction for some members of his gang, but Sanni and his wife, who died recently in Libya, have been evading arrest.

“We resumed our efforts again about one month ago; when we were not making any headway, we decided to use one of his previous victims as bait. We do not know what has happened to him; he told the lady that he lost all his money. So, we made her play along and she told him that she would pay the hotel bills and other expenses.

“He was sceptical initially, but we continued to play along and not rushing things, until they fixed an appointment for Wednesday, September 23, 2020, for a hotel in Amukoko.

“We tracked him down while they were at the hotel room with the assistance of the Divisional Police Officer of Amukoko. He gave us four policemen, who stormed the hotel with us and arrested him. Sanni is now with NAPTIP at Ikeja, as the agency that specialises in fighting human trafficking. But that’s not to say we are handing off the case; we will follow up the matter to a logical conclusion to get justice for his victims.”

The Public Relations Officer, NAPTIP, Hajara Tunde-Osho, confirmed the arrest of the suspect to our correspondent.

“The suspect was arrested on Wednesday, September 23, 2020, and handed over to us on Thursday, September 24, 2020. We will carry out our investigation and prosecute him afterwards,” she said.






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