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The newly appointed Director-General of the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP), Barrister Julie Okah-Donli on Tuesday assumed office at the Headquarters of the Agency, Abuja. Barrister Okah- Donli and 22 others were on Thursday, April 13, 2017 appointed by President Muhammadu Buhari to man various Agencies of the Federal Government.

On arrival at the Headquarters, Abuja, Barrister Okah-Donli who was received by the management staff of the Agency took briefs from Directors and Head of Units and also interacted with staff as she went from office to office to fraternise with staff and see the reality of things on ground. The officers received her with excitement.

Addressing the Management Staff, the Director-General who expressed appreciation to the President for the appointment said that her appointment was a call to national service.

A Federal High Court sitting in Uyo, Akwa-Ibom State has sentenced one Mr. Isaiah Okon Effiong to 5 years imprisonment without an option of fine for sexually abusing a 5 year old girl, an offence contrary to the Trafficking in Persons (Prohibition) Enforcement and Administration Act, 2015.

Effiong was arraigned before the Federal High Court, Uyo on a one count charge by the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) on behalf of the Honourable Attorney General of the Federation on April 12, 2017.

Effiong, 20 years, who hails from Ifa-Atai in Uyo L.G.A of the state pleaded guilty to the offence.

Consequently, Honourable Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu convicted him and sentenced him to 5 years imprisonment without an option of fine.

The Acting Director-General, Mr. Abdulrazak Dangiri, reacting to the conviction applauded the legal officers for their wonderful prosecution and reiterated the Agency’s resolve to protect Nigerian children from the claws of human traffickers.

Nneka Aniagoh

For: Head, Press and Public Relations (NAPTIP)