Wednesday, August 25, 2021

NAPTIP rescues 104 victims

 The National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) has disclosed that it incepted and rescued 104 victims of human trafficking who were on their way to Europe en-route Libya within the past two weeks.

The Nation

This is contained in a statement issued by Mr Vincent Adekoye of the Press and Public Relations Unit of NAPTIP yesterday in Abuja.

The statement quoted the agency’s Director-General, Senator Basheer Mohammed as saying that the operatives of NAPTIP carried out the task in its renewed effort to truncate activities of human traffickers in the country.

According to him, eight suspected human traffickers were also arrested in the process; while efforts are on to apprehend other members of the trafficking syndicates who are at large.

The Director-General disclosed that regional directors, zonal commanders and state commanders had been given a matching order on effective surveillance within their areas of operation as a renewed fight against traffickers.

He added that the surveillance order was also to forestall recruitment and trafficking of Nigerians for any purpose, and urged the commanders to scale up their sensitisation and awareness activities.

Mohammed said the sensitisation and awareness was to reduce the vulnerability of the people and expose the antics of human traffickers.

The victims were on transit from Ondo, Ekiti, Delta, Anambra, Edo, Osun, Kogi, Akwa Ibom, Kwara, Ogun and Lagos states en route to Rivers, Oyo, Osun, Delta and Ogun states then to Europe via Libya.

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