NAPTIP Mounts Surveillance Operations Against Child Traffickers Nationwide

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The National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) has intensified its drive to contain the twin bug of child trafficking as well as buying and selling of human beings.

The was contained in a Statement by the Head, Press and Public Relations of the Agency, Stella Nezan in Abuja.

According to the Statement, the Director General of NAPTIP, Fatima Waziri-Azi has instructed all Zonal and State Commanders of the Agency across the country to redouble their efforts to ensure the apprehension and subsequent prosecution of all child traffickers including those involved in buying and selling of human beings.

“She has also directed that all homes where buying and selling of babies are suspected to be going on (also known as baby factories) are detected, shut down and the operators apprehended for prosecution.

“She directed the Zonal and State Commanders to liaise with sister law enforcement agencies within their areas of operation for joint actions to stem the tide of child abduction, trafficking and buying and selling of such children.”

While the NAPTIP Boss recalled the recent case in the Shongatedo area of Lagos State where a dispatch rider had a child in his dispatch box apparently meant to be delivered to someone, she emphasized the commitment of the Agency to work in synergy with other Security Agencies to ensure that such cases do not fester in Nigeria.

“We cannot allow this type of evil to continue in our country and before our eyes. The Trafficking in Persons (Prohibition) Enforcement and Administration Act 2015 empowers us to deal with all cases of human trafficking including the buying and selling of human beings as well as cruelty to children. Who knows the intentions of that dispatch rider and those that sent him? Who knows the state of the mother of that baby right now?

“We have already rescued many of such children over the years, traced the parents and reunited the children with them while prosecuting those involved, but we must do more as the crime is not abetting. Every day, the criminals are devising new strategies and we must work in collaboration with other sister law enforcement agencies and other stakeholders including members of the public so that we can get ahead of this national crises. That is why we are being paid by tax payers, to protect them by delivering on our mandate.“

In the last one year, NAPTIP has rescued no fewer than 30 babies from criminal elements, traced the parents and reunited the babies with them while those arrested are facing prosecution in different Courts across the country for Child Trafficking.

“These criminal elements do not mean well for the children and their parents. What drives them is the money they make from such sales while the agony of such parents and what becomes of the children do not matter to them. There is currently an entire value chain for the buying and selling of children in Nigeria”, she further added.

While it is no secret that NAPTIP and other Security Agencies have recorded enviable strides in the fight against Child Trafficking and other sundry crimes, Fatima Waziri-Azi believes that intelligence and information sharing is the final piece in the jigsaw for the country to go one better against these criminals.

“We are not saying that the members of the public should take the law into their hands by going after the criminals but rather, they should share intelligence with relevant Agencies.

“f the members of the public are not sure that you will protect their identities or bring the criminals before the law, they will not come to you,” the DG advised.

 




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