The Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) yesterday in Abuja paraded 13 Chinese nationals who were arrested for allegedly engaging in prostitution.
NIS spokesman, Joachim Olumba, said the suspects were apprehended in Lagos following a tip off from an informant.
He said the service received a report on the activities of some
Chinese nationals who connived with some Nigerians to traffic teenage
girls into the country under the pretext of offering them jobs in
“Having gathered intelligence information, operatives of the Nigeria
Immigration Service swooped on the operational locations of the
syndicates at No. 18, 24 and 26B Emena Crescent, Ikeja, Lagos,” he said,
“During the operations a total number of 13 Chinese nationals made up
of 11 females and two males were arrested.”
He said preliminary investigation confirmed that most of the women
were sponsored into the country by some “criminal human traffickers who
are currently at large”.
Olumba, however, said “It is unfortunate that we have not been able
to rescue the lady who called us, because she only provided the number
of the house where she is being held, without the name of the street. We
want to use this opportunity to solicit for information from the public
that will lead to the arrest of the perpetrators of this ignoble
business and rescue of our informant”
In her statement, the NIS Arresting Officer, Chinwe Obi, said the
Chinese Embassy in Abuja was in touch with the suspects, and that
arrangements were being made to ease them out of the country.
One of the victims, Lu Yui Suan, however, denied allegations that they were arrested for prostitution.
Lu Yui, who spoke through an interpreter, said she came into the country in June, on the invitation of a friend.