-September 30, 2019, news/editorial
LAGOS-The latest news now is the slavery saga where it was reported last week in Channels TV, that about 20 kidnapped victims in Katsina state were alleged sold out into model day slavery in Burkina Faso. Since then, Nigeria government has not taken any meaningful action, to ascertain the embarrassing situation. However, Vanguard newspaper, had earlier reported that victims of the slavery were allegedly kidnapped in Kankara local government area of the state and were allegedly sold to a woman in Cotonou, thereafter, the said woman, also traded the victims to other slave merchant in Burkina Faso.
The paper went further to say that effort of Katsina state government in getting to the root of the ugly scenario were of utmost important “Katsina State government and Governor Aminu Bello Masari initiated a peace dialogue where it visited the hideout of the bandits to parley with them and a swap deal which saw releases of both kidnap victims and the bandits in detention. The Governor may have traced the location of the victims to Burkina Faso and have initiated a process of rescuing 20 indigenes of the state sold to the agents of modern-day slavery in Burkina Faso, a West- African country”
Meanwhile, report had it that one of the governor’s aides, precisely, Special Adviser on Drugs, Narcotics and Trafficking, Alhaji Hamza Brodo, left the state during last weekend to Burkina Faso, to parley for the victims’ freedom. Confirming the development, Brodo said “Yes I will be travelling to Burkina Faso this weekend. “I will only get to know if the 20 victims were indigenes of Katsina after meeting them and their captors,” Brodo said.
Sadly, it is a trite notion and truly alarming that poverty, hunger, and hopelessly has led to so many crime in the country, and curbing them is becoming impossible. We ask, of what purpose at this technological age, should a right thinking human being will sell-off same human being. This is an unprovoked aggression against hopelessly in a land that flows with milk and honey.
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