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Human Trafficking Not Limited To Edo State – NAPTIP

Posted: Jul 14, 2015 at 4:30 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)


Whenever issues of Trafficking In Persons (TIP) and Smuggling of Migrants (SOM) are raised in Nigeria, the picture that readily comes to the mind of most people is that of a girl being trafficked from Edo State, South-South Nigeria to Italy.

Although the chance of meeting someone who have been trafficked abroad from the state is prevalent, recent findings by the National Agency for the Prohibition of Traffic in Persons (NAPTIP) have shown that the practice has risen to become a national problem across the states of the federation.

This was disclosed by NAPTIP’s Director, Public Enlightenment, Arinze Orakwue, who said 22 states in Nigeria have been identified as TIP endemic.

Speaking on Tuesday, July 14, 2015, during a media workshop on the Promotion of better management of migration in Nigeria by combating irregular migration in Calabar, Orakwue said: “Many people think of trafficking in persons as something that is limited to Edo State. That is not true. It is actually endemic in not less than 22 states across the country.”

Orakwue who also disclosed that NAPTIP has prosecuted 379 of TIP, SOM and related offences, rescuing not less than 8,000 people in the course, said: “The first prosecution on charges of TIP in Nigeria was actually of someone from Kano State and not even the Edo State that a lot of people think.

“In Abuja now, when people think of house helps they think Nasarawa or Southern Kaduna and not Edo State. Elsewhere, people think of places like Akwa Ibom and Cross River States. This simply shows that it is everywhere and not limited to a particular state,” he said.

Rather than label states on account of TIP, the NAPTIP Publicity Director said the situation is a call for governors across the country to wake up to the reality of the dangers of the practice by pursuing and engaging in the necessary actions to prevent TIP and SOM.

These, he said, include improved education policies and giving effective attention to social and economic empowerment of the population.