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Delta State AG Lauds NAPTIP For Securing 500 Conviction

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By Onoriode Etatsemi

The Delta State Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Isaiah Bozimo Esq, has commended the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) in charge of Edo/Delta state for the diligent manner it has carried out its duties which led to the conviction of 500 traffickers since 2003.

The attorney general gave the commendation in Asaba when officials of the national agency for the prohibition of trafficking in persons led by the zonal commander Nduka Nwawenne Esq led other officials of the agency to brief the attorney general on the activities in the state.

The attorney general informed the zonal commander that an anti-human trafficking bill was presently being prepared by his office.

He informed the NAPTIP team that a committee to investigate internet fraud had recently submitted its report to the government.

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Bozimo noted that prostitution, ritual killing and human trafficking are closely related while expressing optimism that the bill will receive speedy passage in the house of assembly when it is presented.

The attorney general commended the zonal commander for achieving the feat of the conviction of 500 traffickers in order to cub the menace of human trafficking.

He promised to provide
whatever assistance that is needed by the agency to discharge duties.

Earlier in his remark, the leader of the delegation, the Zonal commander Comrade, Nduka Nwawenne Esq, expressed the need for all State of the federation to have task force on anti-human trafficking.

He explained that 20 states of the federation already had state task force on human trafficking to complement the efforts of NAPTIP in cubing human trafficking.

Comdr. Nwawenne said that his agency had recorded 500 conviction since 2003, adding that out of 3000 victims of human trafficking that had passed through NAPTIP shelter in 2004 till date , 1000 of such person were from Delta State .

While calling for the enforcement of the law aimed at cubbing human trafficking in Delta State, Comdr. Nwawenne described the internal trafficking as a serious issue just as he recalled that most young girls were presently being recruited from villages and taken to cities in Nigeria where they were exploited.

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