11 Frauded Nigerian Victims Rescued
Sampa, Oct. 17, 2023
The Sampa border security in the Jaman North District of the Bono region, Ghana, has rescued 11 Nigerians defrauded by Q-net, a human trafficking scheme in Cote D’Ivoire.
Assistant Commissioner of Immigration (ACI) John Morcher, the Sampa Sector Commander of the Ghana Immigration Service told thefourlens.com in an interview.
He said the victims were lured by the human trafficking and online fraudulent scheme in Cote d’Ivoire through Okada riders transporting them through unapproved routes.
According to ACI Morcher, a team for the International Centre for Migration and Policy Development (ICMPD) and CDD-Ghana, in a Cross Border Crime and Human Trafficking sensitization led by Deputy Superintendent of Immigration (DSI) David Odoi Kpobi at Sampa identified the victims dupped by the fraudsters.
ACI Morcher said the victims said they had the opportunity to escape from the camp they were being held hostage and found their way to Sampa Border.
He said he victims were aided to go back to Nigeria to reunite with their families after they called home for monies for transportation.
ACI Morcher in that regard thanked the organiser of the sensitization program since the exercise has started producing results in the Sampa District.
ACI Morcher cautioned the okada riders who aid in the activities of that Q-Net to desist from the practice or face the full force of the law according to the Human Trafficking Act, 2005 Act 694.
In further interview, the leader of the team, DSI David Odoi Kpobi (Immigration Officer) explained that at about 13:30 hours of last Wednesday, during their community engagement exercise after a radio program in Sampa, the dupped victims from Bonduokuo arrived at the border claiming they have been defrauded at Cote d’Ivoire.
He told thefourlens.com that after subjecting them to rigorous profiling by the security, it was discovered that they were victims of Q-net who went through unapproved routes with the aid of Okada riders.
DSI Kpobi added upon interrogation, it came up that they were lured into paying huge sums of monies in exchange for travel and employment opportunities.
According to the narrations, the victims said they had earlier sent huge sums of monies to some unknown agents at Cote d’Ivoire through their friends and families before embarking on their journey from Nigeria only to be held hostage and being maltreated at Bondoukou, DSI Kpobi said.
DSI Kpobi said the Nigerians community was quickly contacted and through their support, the victims have since left to Accra to continue their journey back to Nigeria.
He advised people of Sampa and environs to beware of activities of ‘Okada’ riders in the area.
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