The National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons and Other Related Matters (NAPTIP) said it rescued over 50 victims of trafficking in the Kano Zone of the agency from January to September.

The states in Kano Zone are Katsina, Kaduna, Kano, Bauchi, Jigawa and Plateau.

Malam Aliyu Kalli, the agency’s Head of Public Enlightenment in the zone, told reporters in Kano on Wednesday that the agency recorded 32 cases of human trafficking, child labour and child abuse within the period.

“The victims have undergone various counselling and rehabilitation both medically and psychologically before they were reunited with their families.”

According to him, the agency has concluded investigation into 20 of the cases and has also prosecuted those involved in the offences.

He said that the remaining cases were still under investigation.

Kalli said that the agency had secured conviction of six persons for human trafficking and child abuse within the period under review.

The public enlightenment officer solicited the cooperation of the populace in tackling human trafficking and other related offences.

He commended the media as well as traditional and religious leaders in the zone for their support, calling for greater collaboration with the agency in its fight against human trafficking.