NAPTIP, Borno State to combat human trafficking, illegal migration

Abubakar Mohammed, Maiduguri

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The National Agency for  Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) has expressed intentions to partner with the Borno state government in combating trafficking and illegal migration.

The leadership of NAPTIP which includes the Director General, Dame Julie Okahthe, paid a courtesy call to the Borno State Governor, Prof. Babagana Zullum at the government house in Maiduguri Borno state.

Dame Okah stressed the need on how the state government should work hand in hand with the Agency.

Dame Okah said: “NAPTIP is a focal government agency in Nigeria which combats human trafficking.”

“Between 2004 to 2007, NAPTIP has established state working groups with the help of UNICEF under the leadership of the state governments. The idea behind this is to share information and carry out sensitization programmes and form strategies in combating human trafficking and illegal migration.”

She also said: “Borno State is of special interest to NAPTIP because of the large scale of displaced people cause by the insurgency. The issue of human trafficking and illegal migration is becoming a major concern . In 2018,  NAPTIP took a fact finding mission to Mali and the report of the mission painted a very bold picture of more than 20,000 young Nigerian girls are victims of human trafficking and sex exploitation on bush camps around Mali.”

“Since inception NAPTIP has rescued 15,000 victims, 156 were from Borno State, number of traffickers apprehended 5960 with 409 convicted person.

Prof. Babagana Zullum, the Governor of Borno said: “Human trafficking and illegal migration has contributed negatively to our development in this part of the world. Our image as a country around the globe is questionable as regard to trafficking and illegal migration. Notwithstanding Maiduguri is bordering 3 counties Niger, Chad, and Cameroon and we have a porous border that can contribute in the trafficking of persons.

He assures the DG of his full support and commitment through the commissioner of justice who is also the attorney general of the state Barrister Kaka Shehu”.

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