NAPTIP res­cues 12,000 vic­tims, re­ha­bil­i­tates 6000 – DG

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Ab­dul­la­teef Salau

The Di­rec­tor Gen­eral of the Na­tional Agency for Pro­hi­bi­tion of Traf­fick­ing in Per­sons (NAPTIP), Julie Okah-Donli, said the agency res­cued over 12,000, re­ha­bil­i­tated 6000 vic­tims and se­cured 325 con­vic­tions since in­cep­tion in 2003.

Okah-Donli stated this on Wed­nes­day in Abuja when she vis­ited on Se­nior Special As­sis­tance to the Pres­i­dent on For­eign Af­fairs and Di­as­pora, Mrs Abike Dabiri-Erewa.

She said “The big­gest chal­lenge to me has been the re­fusal of the des­ti­na­tion coun­tries to pros­e­cute their own gangs, not be­ing able to con­fis­cate the as­sets and freeze the ac­counts of the crim­i­nal gangs that are based in their coun­try.

“Nige­ri­ans are just the agents, they just help get th­ese girls for lit­tle stipends, it is the big traf­fick­ers who made the de­mand for th­ese vic­tims.

“If we can­not get the gangs of the des­ti­na­tion coun­tries pros­e­cuted and con­victed we are just wast­ing our time.”

Dabiri-Erewa, who com­mended the pas­sion of the DG to the job, said there was need for NAPTIP to have desks in ev­ery em­bassy es­pe­cially prone ar­eas where there are vic­tims.

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