Ogun, NAPTIP Vows To Eradicate Human Trafficking

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The Ogun State Government, in conjunction with National Agency for Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) has vowed to eradicate and fight against the excesses of human trafficking, molestation of a child, rape, threats to life and other related offences in the State.

The State Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, who doubled as Chairman Committee on Child and Human Trafficking in the State, Mr. Akingbolahan Adeniran made this submission during the constitution of Coordinators and Subcommittee of Task Forces to tackle incessant human trafficking and molestation of a child, held at his office, Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta.

Adeniran emphasized that it has become imperative to sensitize the general public on the negative effect of human trafficking, noting that the committee was constituted to fight against child trafficking and of communication channels towards the suppression of crime, being the State closed to the border area of the country.

“Indeed, the victims’ protection and eradication of human trafficking is our priority, also the emergency response to strengthen and enhance effective legal means to prevent the root causes of the menace of human trafficking in Persons,” Adeniran said.

In her remarks, NAPTIP’s Regional Director and Vice-Chairman of the Committee, Mrs. Kehinde Akomolafe reiterated that effective collaboration among law enforcement agencies remains the panacea for effecting crime prevention in the country.

She added that many crimes were related to each other and therefore, needs a closer relationship between Law Enforcement Agencies and other key agencies like the Ministry of Justice to deal with them.

“Most critical weakness preventing the full compliance to the report of the assessment concerns the legal restriction in NAPTIP prosecutors in respect of trafficking-related offences are not specifically contained in the NAPTIP Act,” Akomolafe said.

She noted that offences like rape, threats to life, aggravated the physical and psychological injury, production and presentation of false identity or travel documents, membership of organized criminal structures and money laundering should also be curbed and look into for proper eradication.

She stated further that those offences were in the Panel and Criminal Codes, and could be prosecuted adequately by the Nigerian Police Force (NPF) and Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS), saying that the Agency continued to represent the most comprehensive and integrated model that currently exists in global terms.


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