Director General of the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP), Senator Basheer Garba Muhammed has disclosed that a total of 104 victims of human trafficking have been intercepted and rescued by operatives of the Agency on their way to Europe enroute Libya since the last two weeks in a renewed effort by the Agency to truncate activities of human traffickers in the Country.
According to him, eight (8) suspected human traffickers were also arrested in the process just as efforts are on to apprehend other members of the trafficking syndicates who are at large, a statement by Adekoye Vincent, Head, Press and Public Relations Unit disclosed.
Senator Garba Muhammed disclosed this in Abuja while speaking on the Agency’s renewed offensive against human traffickers across the Country.
It would be recalled that the Director General had given the Regional Directors, Zonal Commanders and State Commanders a matching order on effective surveillance within their areas of operation in order to forestall recruitment and trafficking of any Nigerians for any purpose.
He also tasked them on the need to scale up their sensitization and awareness activities in order to reduce the vulnerability of the people and expose the antics of human traffickers.
Speaking in Abuja, the Director General explained that the enhanced operations of the Agency have continued to yield favourably in collaboration with other sister Agencies.
The figure includes the rescued 80 victims in Kano two weeks ago on their way to Libya, and the latest figure of 19 victims rescued in Kano a few days ago.
According to the NAPTIP boss, “The victims were on transit from Ondo, Ekiti, Delta, Anambra, Edo, Osun, Kogi, Akwa Ibom, Kwara, Ogun and Lagos states enroute to Rivers, Oyo, Osun, Delta and Ogun States then to Euroupe via Libya
“On receiving the information, a special operation was coordinated by NAPTIP Joint Border Task Force in collaboration with Katsina State Police Command and the 19 victims were rescued on August 18.
“No matter where the traffickers go to deceive and recruit victims, they will always meet us at the exit point. Their field days in the illicit business of human trafficking and child labour are over.
“We are determined to run them out of business and even send them to jail unless they desist from their nefarious activities and find other legitimate ventures to engage in.
“I wish to appeal to parents to desist from giving out their children for any unclear or unverified adventure. It is important to contact NAPTIP when confronted with a juicy offer of help that entails taking your children abroad. Do not sell your children into slavery”, Senator Basheer Garba Muhammed warned parents.
He commended other sister Law Enforcement Agencies for their collaboration with NAPTIP which has resulted in the arrest of suspects and rescue of the victims.