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The government of Germany has donated training materials to the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP). The Eight Million Naira (N8,000,000.00) worth of materials is part of the German Government’s support to the fight against human trafficking in Nigeria.

Some of the materials are: 100 classroom chairs, tables, computers, projectors and screen, complete public address system, photocopying machine, printers, generator and other vital training equipment.

Speaking at the handing over ceremony in Abuja, the Deputy Ambassador of Germany to Nigeria, Mrs. Regine Hess described human trafficking as a complicated crime that required efforts of well trained law enforcement officers to combat. She explained that such an understanding informed the donation to beef up the Training Resource Centre (TRC) of NAPTIP.

Mrs Hess disclosed that the incidence of human trafficking in Nigeria attracted the attention of the German government when it was obvious that greater number of the trafficked victims were from the Benin City area of the country, hence the need to urgently control the phenomenon.

The Deputy Ambassador who identified awareness creation as well as prosecution as some of the vital tools of reducing human trafficking in Nigeria, observed that in order to be able to achieve the desired result, Officers and men of the Agency must be well trained.

While expressing satisfaction with the performance of the Agency, the German envoy said the donation of the training equipment was part of the commitment of the Germany government towards good governance in Nigeria.

She called for renewed efforts in the area of sensitization within the endemic communities of Edo state so as to further enlighten youths and other stakeholder on the inherent dangers of human trafficking.

Earlier in his welcome address, the Acting Director- General of NAPTIP, Mr. Abdulrazak Dangiri, lauded the Germany government for the donation stating that it will further boost the efforts of the Agency in confronting human trafficking with all the attention it deserves.

The Acting Director – General said “Human trafficking is a global phenomenon that knows no age, boundary and creed. It needs well informed and capable personnel to confront it adequately”. He however, stressed the resolve of the Agency to bring an end to human trafficking in Nigeria, adding that more support and collaboration was required to achieve that.

While promising judicious utilization of the equipment, the NAPTIP boss added that the training centre will also serve other sister Law Enforcement Agencies in Nigeria and the West African Sub-region.

Highlight of the ceremony was the formal presentation of the equipment to the NAPTIP Acting Director-General and a tour of the Training Resource Centre.

PICTURE

Adekoye Vincent

For: Head, Press and Public Relations (NAPTIP)

Operatives of the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP), have commenced investigation into the alleged trafficking of about 67 children from the Northern part of the country by some persons in questionable circumstances.

The children, whose ages range between 10 and 14, were intercepted in three different operations by men of the Nigerian Army and the Nigerian police at different locations around Nasarawa state.

In the first interception carried out by the Nigerian Army during a routine check on Friday 20th January, 2017, a total of 22 children were rescued from a suspected child trafficker along the Nasarawa-Abuja road. They were loaded inside a 7-seater Toyota Serena space bus and were said to be heading to Nasarawa from Minna, Niger state.

Preliminary information extracted from some of the shabbily dressed children most of who could neither speak nor understand English, revealed that they were allegedly recruited for an Islamic education mission in Nasarawa. Two persons suspected to be the recruiters were arrested. Also on Thursday 26th January 2017 another batch of 13 children and suspects were intercepted by the Police in Nassarawa State and handed over to NAPTIP for investigation.

Barely 72 hours after the interception, on Monday 23rd January, 2017 men of the Nigerian Police Force on routine patrol along the same Abuja–Nasarawa road, intercepted another 18-seater commercial bus loaded with 32 children of the same age bracket as the first case. Investigation revealed that their mission and destination were the same. Two persons suspected to the recruiters were also arrested.

All the 67 children are presently at the Shelter of the Agency awaiting the arrival of their parents who have been contacted as parts of the investigation procedure.

Speaking on the incidents, Acting Director–General of the Agency, Mr. Abdulrazak Dangiri, expressed sadness over the development adding that it is a strange and disturbing phenomenon that requires attention of all Nigerians.

He however, warned parents against giving their children out under questionable situations.

Vincent Adekoye

For: Head, Press & Public Relations

Vehicles used to coveyed the interceted children.