My Mother Permitted Me To Sell My 15- year-old Sister For N52,000 – Human Trafficker

21 Feb

A human trafficker whose illegal activities
were busted, has made a shocking
revelation about how he started.
The Zone ‘F’ Headquarters of the Nigeria
Immigration Services, NIS, in Ibadan, Oyo
state capital, has arrested seven human
DailyPost reports that the NIS had
reportedly launched a search for a certain
15-year-old Togolese girl, identified only
as Assana, who was declared missing.
Following the 2-year search, the NIS on
Friday, said it arrested seven suspected
human traffickers, among who was a man,
Cossy, is the brother of the girl who had
since been found and reunited with her
family in Togo.
The Deputy Comptroller in charge of anti-
human trafficking unit of the
headquarters, Kola Sofuwa, who spoke on
behalf of the Assistant Comptroller-
General and Zonal Coordinator of the
Zone F Headquarters, Mike Longe, said a
letter, which declared Assana missing for
the past two years, and which was
addressed to the NIS, triggered the
He paraded the suspect before newsmen
at the headquarters in Ibadan, disclosing
that the girl was brought to Nigeria from
Togo by her brother when she was 13
years old in 2013 without any travelling
document and she was made to work and
was paid various sums of money that
never got to her.
He said, “We got the letter in form of a
petition and set out looking for Assana.
We were able to apprehend the brother
who brought her to Nigeria and involved
her in a long chain of human trafficking
“He first handed her over to a Togolese
trafficking agent called Aishat in Eruwa
who also contracted her out to one Alfa
Sabe, 55, with an agreement of N60,000
annual wage that never got to the victim.
“One woman simply known as Iya Onigele
also paid N72,000 for her services to a
Nigerian agent, Iya Nofisat. When she
could not endure the hardship, Assana
ran away and unfortunately ended up in
the hands of another agent, Titi, who is
now at large.
“Her final destination was the home of a
pastor, Mrs Dorcas Afelumo, who also
paid N72,000 for her in exchange for
domestic services.
“Even the brother, Cossy, lost track of her
before she was rescued at the clergy
woman’s house.”
Sofuwa condemned the inhuman journey
Assana was made to go through in her
early life, stating that the girl had since
been reunited with her family in Togo
while the arrested human traffickers
would be handed over to the National
Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in
Persons, NAPTIP, for appropriate penalty.
“The other two accomplices now at large,
would be apprehended soon,” Sofuwa
Meanwhile, her brother, Cossy, said he
sought the permission of their mother
before selling his sister. He told newsmen
he got only N52,000 in two instalments
and that he did not give his sister any
He said, “I brought her here when my
wife left me so that she could cook for
me. When my wife returned, I gave her
out to people who could use her for
work. I had to collect money from them
after some negotiation.
“I told our mother and I got N52,000
from the deal. I bought things for our
mother each time I went home from the
money. She permitted me to give Assana
away. Then Assana got missing and I have
since been looking for her.”

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