The Director-General of the National Agency For The Prohibition of Trafficking In Persons(NAPTIP), Barr.Julie Okah-Donli has said that the agency have rescued and supported over 12,000 victims and secured 325 convictions.
Okah-Donli made this known to newsmen at the commissioning of the Osogbo Command of NAPTIP on Wednesday.
She said the new dimension and most frightening now is the harvesting of organs and vital human parts for sale by traffickers.
The NAPTIP boss lamented that”nobody including adults is safe,saying the inaction or self- denial will not only accelerate the frightening dimension of this crime but also make the menace protracted”.
She said the trend of deportation of Nigerians from different parts of the world especially in Africa in recent times is frightening.
“She highlighted that no fewer than 540 other Nigerians are set for deportation to Nigeria from Libya in three batches of 180 each this August beginning from Thursday 10th August,2017″.
The D.G seek the cooperation of government at all levels to halt this trend by taking actions that would reduce vulnerability of our people to being trafficked out or tempted to leave the country at all cost.
She urged all the sister law enforcement agencies to assist the command meet its mandate,saying no one is competing with anyone.
In his remarks,the Governor of Osun State,Mr Rauf Aregbesola who was represented by his Special Adviser on Security,Mr Tope Adejumo,reiterated the commitment of governor Aregbesola’s administration to strengthen the partnership with NAPTIP to stem the tide of human trafficking in the country and Osun in particular.
He explained that the agency and state government have over the years enjoyed a good working relationship and more efforts would be put to strengthen the relationship further.
“Government of Osun is more than ready to support the agency to rid of the menace of human trafficking in our domain and also extend the support to all other Federal Government Agencies in the state”.
Aregbesola re-assure all sister law enforcement that his administration will continue to prosecute programmes which will usher-in an era of peace and prosperity for the good people of the state.
Also speaking, the Former Governor of Osun state, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola said there is need to take the campaign of trafficker’s to the grassroot.
The former governor assured the agency and the good people of Osun to combat and stem the tide of trafficker’s.
By Saheed Adeyemi,Osogbo.