Daily Trust (Abuja)

Nigeria: NAPTIP Investigates Release of 267 Victims of Trafficking

The National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) said that efforts to investigate how 267 victims and suspected traffickers were released had not yielded any result.

Mr Orakwe Arinze, the Assistant Director Press and Public Relations of the agency, gave the information in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Tuesday.

Arinze said that both victims and suspected traffickers were on July 29, released on "humanitarian grounds" based on the orders of the Kogi Government before NAPTIP could evacuate them.

"Investigations into the release of the 267 victims and the suspected traffickers from police custody in the state have not yielded much result.

"This is because the record of the released victims and traffickers are unknown," Arinze said.

He, however, said that plans were underway by the agency to make sure there was no repeat of such an incident.

He said that the visit and organising of town hall meetings by the agency in Ado Local Government Area of Benue was geared towards sensitising the people on dangers of trafficking. According to Arinze, this is where trafficking is known to be on the increase.

He also gave the assurance that the agency's would set up a zonal office in Benue to ensure the fight against trafficking in the state was successful.

"All this is tied to advocacy and working with the state government on its role in helping to fight trafficking and by making sure that the Child Rights Act is implemented in all the states," he said.

NAN

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