National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) has
stressed the need for government to put in more resources and commendable fiscal appropriation
to tackle the issue of human trafficking.
in Abuja to herald the 2019 World Human Trafficking Day billed for July 30.
The theme of this year’s World Human Trafficking Day is “Human Trafficking: Call Your Government to Action.”
advocacy to tackle the menace.
in line with the UN conceived theme for the year.
the 36 states of the federation to strengthen the country’s response to the scourge.
issues of human trafficking from the grassroots.
taking advantage of the peoples’ vulnerability and the lack of sufficient information.
laws that had to do with issues of human trafficking.
She called for the promulgation of other relevant laws that would aid the fight against human trafficking.
to guide against human trafficking in their domains.
According to him, religious leaders, traditional rulers and Civil Society Organisations should support the fight against the menace.
Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is our target.
“Well managed policies, peaceful societies and justice for all are our drive.”
Report any rape case in your vicinity, NAPTIP DG urges Nigerians
The National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) has urged Nigerians to report cases of Rape within their vicinity to the agency or the nearest police station.
Mrs Julie Okah-Donli, Director General of the Agency, made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Thursday in Abuja, following the rising cases of rape in the country.
According to the her, reporting the case of rape is the only way the trend can be stopped in the society; the agency will not compromise its work for anything if such case is reported to it.
“Rapists are now getting away with their illicit acts along with murder; these cases of domestic servitude are cases that take place behind closed doors.
“Our job in NAPTIP is to protect Nigerian men and women, we are not going to compromise our work if they report such case, we will ensure justice is done.
“Rape cases are not reported because of stigmatisation of the victims and this makes the cases to rise. Very soon, the name of rapists will be published with their pictures in the media,” she said.
She said that sex offender register had already been opened in the agency where the names of rape perpetrators were documented for further actions.
Man gets 7-year jail term for sexual exploitation -NAPTIP
The National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP), Benin Zonal Command says it has secured a seven years jail term against one 43-year-old Kingsley Ugowe, for sexual exploitation.
Mrs Ijeoma Uduak, Zonal Commander, Benin Zonal Command comprising Edo, Delta and Bayelsa states disclosed this in a media chat.
Uduak said the convict was also expected to pay N1.5 million.
She explained that Ugowe was convicted for harbouring a 15-year-old girl for sexual exploitation, an offence punishable under the Traffic in Persons NAPTIP Act 15(b) as well as procurement for sexual exploitation 16 (1) of Trafficking in Persons Prohibition Enforcement Administration Act 2015.
She disclosed that the convict was arrested in 2016 after a good Samaritan reported to the Agency that he was sexually exploiting the victim whom he had taken custody of after the death of her father.
She explained that almost four years after the commencement of the legal battle, Justice Geraldine Imadegbello of Criminal Court II, Benin finally found the convict guilty and sentenced him to jail.
Meanwhile, the convict has said that he accepts the judgement in good faith.
Edited By: Ismail Abdulaziz (NAN)
COVID-19: FCTA donates palliatives to NAPTIP
The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has donated palliatives to the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Person (NAPTIP), as part of efforts to reach out to all segments of the society.
Mr Austine Elemue, Special Assistant on Media to the FCT Minister of State, Dr Ramatu Aliyu, in a statement on Sunday, said the minister presented the items to the Director-General of NAPTIP, Dame Julie Okah-Donli.
Aliyu identified NAPTIP as an organisation that tackles one of the very serious challenges of child abuse among vulnerable families in the country.
The minister stressed that the activities of the organisation in curbing child and human rights abuse stands out.
” We want to appreciate the management of NAPTIP for the wonderful work they are doing in various communities.
” NAPTIP happens to be an organisation that tackles one of the very serious challenges we have as regards the vulnerable groups of the society facing girl child and women’s rights abuse.
“Even though, we are yet to form the critical mass that is required to support this organisation in the fight against the anomaly, NAPTIP still stands out in this country.
” And we know under her purview, are these vulnerable ones of both sex and age.
“On this note, we appreciate and extend the palliative distribution to the vulnerable ones under your purview for we know they are not captured by the Area Councils.
” We have also identified other groups that are not captured in the Area Councils list and I can assure you that palliative items would be extended to them because no segment of the society will be left out,” she said.
She assured the minister that the items would be distributed to the affected members.
Items donated include 20 bags of 50kg rice, 100 cartons of noodles, 20 cartons of hand sanitizers, 3 packs of hand gloves, 5 cartons of maggi seasoning and 50 packs of spaghetti.
Edited By: Felix Ajide (NAN)
Lockdown: NAPTIP records over 30 cases of violence – DG
Mrs Julie Okah-Donli, Director-General of the agency, stated this at the donation of palliatives to partners who are taking care of the human trafficking victims and orphanages.
According to Okah-Donli, investigation are ongoing on some of the cases and will be followed to conclusion to ensure that justice is done.
“Sodoming is one of the disturbing issue, the last one we got is a father who raped his four-year-old daughter and was caught by the wife, we have other disturbing cases like that,” she said.
On palliatives, Okah-Donli said that the donation was to support the vulnerable, who are in the care of the agency’s partners to cushion the effect of the lockdown.
She said that palliatives were also donated to the agency by the Federal Capital Territorial Administration (FCTA).
”Those that benefited from the palliatives are orphanages and private shelters in the FCT such as Daughters of Abraham, Damsel of his glory and Mother Theresa orphanage.
Responding on behalf of the beneficiaries, Mrs Emabong Sanusi, Executive Director, WOTCLEF, appreciated the donation, saying that it came at the time when the people needed it.
Sanusi said that some vulnerable at the shelter and orphanages have been denied education, recreational activities, freedom of movement and infringement on their lives.
Edited By: Chinyere Bassey/Felix Ajide (NAN)
NAPTIP arrests alleged trafficker of Adetula Oluwatomisin to Oman
The National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP), Lagos Zonal command, on Wednesday said that it had arrested one Ojo Ademehintoye for allegedly trafficking one Miss Oluwatosin Adetula to Oman.
The NAPTIP Lagos Zonal Commander, Mr Daniel Atokolo, at the parade of the suspect in Lagos, said that the suspect was arrested on May 12 in his residence in Lagos.
The 26-year-old Oluwatosin had taken to social media platforms, asking for assistance to return to Nigeria after being confronted with huge exploitative and unbearable servitude in Oman.
Atokolo said the NAPTIP Director -General, Dame Julie Okah-Donli, gave the order that led to the arrest of the suspected trafficker and other members of the suspect’s syndicate.
According to him, the operation that led to the arrest of the suspect lasted two hours and was very intensive after several days of surveillance on the suspect.
“The agency deployed the combination of digital human intelligence gathering, static, mobile and drive-by surveillance on this particular arrest,” he said.
The Zonal commander said that Oluwatosin could not be flown to Oman because of the current suspension of international flights into and out of the country by the Federal Government.
He said that it was part of the measures to combat the spread of Coronavirus pandemic in the country.
Atokolo appealed to the youth in the country to beware of antics of traffickers whom he said were at present on the prowl.
He said that Oluwatosin was at present out of the reach of alleged traffickers.
“NAPTIP with the support of international partners will ensure Oluwatosin’s safe return soon,” the commander said.
Also, the suspect at the sideline of the parade told NAN that the victim willingly accepted the Oman job offer without been coerced.
“Oluwatosin is my boss’ girlfriend, we are both traineed under “Ifepade Entertainment,” my boss’ company.
” She once absconed from the job and returned exactly after two weeks,” Ademehintoye said.
Edited By: JaneFrances Oraka/ Peter (NAN) Dada
Child trafficking:NAPTIP secures six convictions in five months in Enugu
The National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) says no fewer than six persons have been convicted in Enugu State for various child trafficking offences in the last five months.
The Enugu Zonal Commander of the agency, Mrs Comfort Agboko, said this in a statement on Monday in Enugu.
Agboko said that four of such convictions were in January while two were on May 8.
She described the latest judgment by the Federal High Court in Enugu as a watershed in the fight against human trafficking in the state.
She said that the court had after evaluating all evidences against the defendants, Mrs Glory Anyagu and Mrs Francais Udechukwu, sentenced them to five years imprisonment each with options of fine.
“The two convicts were charged for the sale of an infant and being an accessory to the sale of an infant which is contrary to Section 21 & 13(C) of the TIP Act 2015.
“The court presided over by Justice N. Buba on May 8 sentenced them to five years imprisonment each or to pay a fine of varied sums,” she said.
Agboko said that the first defendant, Anyagu had the option to pay N2 million while Udechukwu was given an option to pay N1 million.
She however, said that the convicts would not begin their jail term if they failed to pay the fines until after the end of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
She said that the convicts were allowed to go home as the Nigeria Correctional Service (NCS) was no longer accepting fresh inmates from the courts due to the pandemic.
“The court had held that though the law under which the defendants were charged does not require an option of fine but the current health pandemic occasioned by the COVID-19 pandemic had made it necessary.
“The court ordered that they are to serve their prison sentences or pay the fines after the pandemic and that the fine is to be held in bond and paid in installments,” she said.
Agboko said that the court also ordered that the N862,000 proceed of the crime tendered as exhibit before the court be paid into the Victims Of Trafficking Trust Fund.
She said that the infant, who was the subject of the trafficking had since been reunited with the family.
Edited By: Maureen Atuonwu (NAN)
NAPTIP arrests pharmacist for allegedly sodomising 12-year-old boy In Abuja
The National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) has confirmed the arrest a 42-year-old pharmacist, Abubakar Daraka, for allegedly sodomising a 12-year-old boy in Abuja.
In in a statement by NAPTIP Head, Press and Public Relations Unit, Mrs Stella Nezam on Thursday, said Daraka who resides in Spring Valley Estate, Abuja, is a staff of the National Hospital.
According to NAPTIP, the offence contravenes the provision of Violence Against Persons Prohibition (VAPP) Act of 2015.
NAPTIP alleged the offence took place on Saturday. March 21 at the suspect’s residence.
“On getting there, after several knocks at the door, there was no response but as he made to leave, the suspect opened his door and beckoned on him.
“He subsequently grabbed his hand and took him into his sitting room and defiled him”, the agency alleged.
NAPTIP said it is still carrying out further investigation on incident.
Edited By: Sadiya Hamza
NAPTIP raises alarm over massive recruitment of Nigerians to Middle East
The National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) has raised alarm over massive recruitment of Nigerians to Middle East by some travel agents and some self-acclaimed labour recruiters.
Mrs Julie Okah-Donli, the Executive Secretary of the agency said this on Thursday in Abuja when the management of Leadership Newspaper gave the agency the Best Government agency of the year 2019 award.
“I wish to use this opportunity to draw the attention of eminent personalities here to the disturbing issues of massive recruitment of Nigerians by some unscrupulous travel agents.’’
She said it includes self acclaimed labour recruiters to some countries in the Middle East for gross exploitation and in slave-like manner.
She said that the agency was able to bring back no fewer than 13 of such, adding that others had not been so lucky.
Okah-Donli thanked the management of Leadership Newspaper for the award, adding that it would spur NAPTIP under her watch to do more in accordance with its mandates.
She said that the agency had continued to perform creditably with massive awareness campaign ongoing in all parts of the country.
She said that NAPTIP had set up task force on human trafficking in some states of the federation to tackle the menace of trafficking from the grassroots and would be setting up others before the end of 2020 and 2021.
The organiser of the award however said that the credit for the overnight transformation of NAPTIP from its ruins to a functional agency that had drawn the attention of international community to the agency was laudable.
According to the organiser, the appointment of Julie Okah-Donli by President Muhammadu Buhari to the agency brought a new lease of life to NAPTIP.
“In line with the mandate as contained in the enabling law, NAPTIP has effectively coordinated all the activities, programmes and policies evolved by the by the leadership to stamp out human trafficking,” the organiser said.
Edited By: Grace Yussuf
NAPTIP seeks LASG’s support to combat human trafficking
The National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP), Lagos Command, on Monday sought synergy with the Lagos State Government (LASG) to combat human trafficking within the state .
The Lagos State Commander of NAPTIP, Mr Daniel Atokolo,said this when the agency hosted the Commissioner for Special Duties and Inter-Governmental Relations (IGR), Mr Paul Bamgbose-Martins and his team in Lagos.
According to him, there is a high rate of human trafficking going on within the state.
The commander said that the situation was evidenced by the number of victims rescued and brought to the command intermittently.
”The number of rescued victims in the facility is overwhelming.
”Lagos state command receives and provides necessary services to survivors of trafficking in persons and returnees every week.
“These returnees are mostly from countries such as the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Benin Republic, Lebanon, Libya and Mali among others,” he said.
Atokolo said that now was the right time for the LASG and NAPTIP to embark on intense war against traffickers.
Atokolo said that the risks associated with human trafficking was more than what could be seen physically.
“Loss freedom, loss of self-esteem, forced abortion, rape and rituals among others were few known risks,” he said.
Atokolo said that the agency had been catering for the victims, adding that the agency needed more empowerment.
He said that apart from feeding, there were many needs of the victims that required huge expenses.
Atokolo said that some of them were already pregnant before they came to the command.
The commander said that there was the need to establish the Anti-Human Trafficking Taskforce in Lagos State to fight the hoodlums.
He appealed to the LASG to facilitate the establishment of the Anti-Human Trafficking Taskforce to enhance NAPTIP’ presence and services in the state.
Atokolo also said that there was the need to enroll NAPTIP in the Lagos State’s security committee.
According to him, it is not only police or paramilitaries that should be on Lagos security committee, NAPTIP should also be on board.
Mr Bamgbose-Martins,the Lagos State Commissioner for Special Duties and Inter- Government Relations responding on the issues raised by NAPTIP, assured the agency of LASG’s unending support.
Bamgbose-Martins, represented by the Director of IGR, Mr Bankole Adetola, said that the state had also developed an agenda known as “THEMES” for full social welfare of the indigenes.
“This “THEMES” ‘means: Transparency, Health, Education, Making Lagos a 21st Century state, Entertainment, Security and Governance,” he said.
He also commended NAPTIP for not relenting in its fight against human trafficking in Lagos State.
Edited By: Chidinma Agu/Peter Dada
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