The International Police have arrested a Nigerian accused of running a human trafficking ring from Ghana, Togo, Benin to Nigeria.
This was as 286 human trafficking suspects were also arrested worldwide by the global agency in July.
Officers in Ghana intercepted the Nigerian, who had been placed under a Red Notice by Spain during an operation against cross-border crimes.
The suspect, whose name was not disclosed, was nabbed when the agents conducted a check on a passenger manifest during an operation tagged, ‘Smuggling Training and Operations Programme.’
According to a statement published on the Interpol website, Operation STOP included training provided to 20 frontline officers to optimise the use of Interpol’s policing capabilities, including its criminal and stolen and lost travel documents databases, to better track the movement of criminals and identify potential victims.
The statement said, “The hit on the Spanish Red Notice was generated by checking names and passports against Interpol’s databases using I-Batch, an application that processes bulk data from passenger manifests in a very short time.”
Ghana’s Commissioner of Police, Isaac Yeboah, was quoted as stating that the training and the operational use of Interpol’s databases was crucial to enhance the capacity of all officers, build a great network and exchange information quickly and effectively.