…As Lassa fever kills 4 persons in Taraba***
Operatives of the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) Seme Border Control Post and Mazanya Border Patrol, have arrested four suspected human traffickers with four victims respectively.
The Service Public Relations Officer, Mr Sunday James disclosed this in a statement on Tuesday in Abuja.
James said that three of the suspected human traffickers and three victims were apprehended at Seme border on their way to Ghana.
He added that the other victim and suspect were arrested at Mazanya border patrol along Jibiya road, Katsina State making the total of eight persons respectively.
According to him, the comptroller, NIS , Seme border , Mr Joshua Ajisafe, after thorough investigation confirmed the status of the victims as being trafficked.
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“The victims were deceitfully persuaded to embark on the trip for a job but on being interrogated they were discovered to be victims of trafficking for the purpose of prostitution.
“The human trafficking, an illicit business has been on the increase under various guises but they have always been discovered by officials.
“This has been done through timely intelligence and operational synergy between officers along the national borders and airports leading to the arrests,” he said.
James said the suspect and victim apprehended at Katsina had been handed over to NAPTIP Zonal office in Kano after interrogation.
The Comptroller General, NIS, Mr Muhammad Babandede cautioned parents to keep eyes on their children especially teenagers that were prone to fall victims of deceitful acts.
Babandede also advised parents to embark on proper guidance and counseling to forestall them from becoming victims of trafficking.
He urged youths and teenagers to shun ways that made them fall prey to traffickers who may be close family members, friends and even sources on the internet connecting them to such criminal elements.
Meanwhile, Dr Innocent Vakkai, the Taraba Commissioner for Health, on Tuesday, confirmed that Lassa fever had claimed the lives of four persons in Taraba so far.
Vakkai told newsmen in Jalingo that 15 suspected cases were tested and five turned out positive, out of which, four died.
According to the commissioner, the state government has activated its surveillance system for more case detection and proper treatment.
He noted that efforts were ongoing to create awareness among residents of the state to enlighten them about the symptoms of the disease.
He regretted that challenges such as late report of cases to hospitals and the difficult terrain of the state remained major problems to the management of the disease in Taraba.
He revealed that the Federal Ministry of Health promised to provide testing machines, but that the state government may acquire its equipment to reduce waiting time between suspicion and confirmation.
Meanwhile, Dr Ahmed Jatau, the Acting Head, Clinical Services of Federal Medical Centre, Jalingo, said “a medical doctor tested positive.”
He explained that the doctor, a house officer, was currently undergoing treatment at Irrua Specialist Hospital in Edo.
“We sent 10 suspected cases for test and six tested positive and out of the six confirmed cases, four died even before their results came in.
“Out of the remaining two, one has been discharged while the other, who is our own staff, has been transferred to Irrua specialist hospital in Edo for further treatment.
“We have also fumigated the house officers quarters against rodents.”