Lagos – A Nigerian man is among several human
trafficking suspects INTERPOL has arrested during operations across West
He was arrested at the Burkina Faso/Ghana border alongside
an Ivory Coast alleged accomplice while allegedly smuggling seven children from
The minors are aged between 11 and 16.
Elsewhere, at the Mali/Guinea border, seven Guinean
nationals were arrested on suspicion of facilitating illegal immigration of
people aged between 16 and 22, heading towards Italy.
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At the same checkpoint, ten men being trafficked to Europe
via Libya and to gold mines in Guinea were rescued and two men arrested on
suspicion of human trafficking.
The INTERPOL operation ran across at 28 key border control
points across 14 countries.
Other key results include the identification, arrest and
extradition from Senegal of a Central African Republic national wanted by
France for armed robbery.
Cash amounting to US$332 000 concealed in luggage and
vehicles was confiscated.
Cigarettes, pharmaceuticals, food and fake military badges
and uniforms were seized.
“The operation demonstrates what can be achieved when law
enforcement officers on the ground are given the INTERPOL training and tools to
detect crime and criminals effectively,” said Tim Morris, INTERPOL’s director
of police services.
- CAJ News