An alleged human trafficker, Ganiat Ajilola, who was arrested by the operatives of the Rapid Response Squad of the Lagos State Police Command, rescued a lot of victims of which among them are Cecilia Bankole, who tells her story about how she abandoned her two kids for a trip to Libya.
The rescued victims and the human trafficker have been immediately transferred to National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking In Person (NAPTIP).
[dropcap type=”1″]M[/dropcap]rs Bankole, 26-year-old victim, mother of two children, aged 2 and 4 years respectively, noted that her husband disagreed with the plan when she discussed the issue with him, which made her to sneak out of the house, leaving her children behind, in search of a golden fleece in Libya.
Although, I am a hairdresser but not done my freedom, going to Libya to work as artisan would enable me raise funds for my freedom as well as take care of my family.
“I told my husband to allow me to go so that I would have an opportunity to raise funds for the family. I pleaded with him but he insisted in having the custody of his children.
Even, when my mother pleaded with him that she would be taking care of the children while I will be away are away, he still declined. However, after much persuasion, my husband threatened that he will take take custody of his children after my departure and I must not look back for them”, she added.
She explained that the human trafficker refused to tell them how long they would stay in Libya.
“The trafficker didn’t tell us the number of years we are going to spend in Libya. She only told us the due date of the passport and that we are going by road”, the innocent mother said.
I begged her husband but he declined to allow her go on the trip but I have prayed about it and God said she should go. That is why I am encouraging her”, she said.
Cecilia said, [quote_center]“I followed to the point where they were arrested because I want to know Ganiat Ajejola before their departure. I am not aware they were going by road. They told me Ganiat was taking them to Abeokuta today to arrange an international passport for them”.[/quote_center]
The operatives of the RRS whom were on the trail and surveillance of the human trafficker for two weeks before her arrest, hinted that they acted based on a tip–off from the Ministry of Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation.
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