Twenty-two victims of human trafficking have been rescued in Niger Republic on their way to Tripoli in Libya.
They were handed over to officials of the National Agency for the Prohibition of Traffic in Persons in Sokoto.
NAPTIP zonal commander in Sokoto, Abubakar Bashiru, said the victims are between the ages of fifteen to twenty years.
He said the victims mostly from southern part of Nigeria are intercepted in Niger Republic and repatriated to Nigeria by the Nigeria police who handed them over to the officials of the Nigeria Immigration Service at the Illela Border.
Mr. Bashiru said NAPTIP has commenced investigation to find out those who are behind the crime.
He also expressed sadness that despite sensitizing the public on the danger of trafficking, parents of some of the victims are always accomplices in committing the crime.
Before now, officials of NAPTIP have identified Sokoto state as a Source, Transit and Destination (STD) for most trafficking merchants engage in these dehumanizing criminal activities.