, A total of 10 Zamfara indigines enslaved in Burkina Faso have been handed over to the state government on Thursday, after regaining their freedom.
The 10 victims were among the 23 people evacuated to Nigeria by Katsina State Government from Burkina Faso with the assistance of the Nigerian embassy in that country.
Special Adviser to the Katsina governor on Drugs, Narcotics and Human Trafficking, Alhaji Hamza Brodo, handed over the 10 persons to the Secretary to Zamfara Government, Bala Maru, in Gusau.
He said, “a total of 23 persons were deceitfully transported by one Usman who sold them to one woman in Benin Republic and from there, the woman too sold them to another buyer in Burkina Faso.
, signed by Secretary to the Katsina state Government, Dr. Mustapha Inuwa titled “Repatriation and Handing Over of Trafficked Persons” containing the list of the 10 victims who all hail from Bungudu local government area of Zamfara.
Receiving the victims, the SSG thanked Katsina state government for the effort and promised to reunite the victims with their families.
Narrating their ordeals, the victims said they were subjected to various hard labour including digging at mining sites without pay.
The victims said they contacted the Ougadougou Hausa Community leader who reported the matter to Nigerian Embassy there which led to their return. (NAN)
Edited by Maharazu Ahmed