Trans-Border Trafficking: “Ghana Based Nigerian Suspect And Accomplices On Our Wanted List”! – NAPTIP

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The National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP), has confirmed that one Nkiru, an alleged prime suspect and her accomplices are in its wanted list following the disappearance of a 16-year-old girl and her son from a community in Anambra State.

The Agency reports that the said Nkiru is a notorious trans-border human trafficker reportedly resident in Ghana from where she recruits her victims from remote villages in Nigeria.

A Statement from the Press Officer of NAPTIP, Vincent Adekoye said the Director General of the Agency, Fatima Waziri-Azi while acting on credible intelligence ordered that a Suspect, Nwankama Nzube popularly known as Zuma, who masterminded the recruitment and transportation of the victim to Ghana be closely monitored.

“The directive of the Director General followed the reaction of the people of Awka – Etiti, Idemili South Local Government Area of Anambra State over the release of a suspect, Mr. Nwankama Nzube by the Anambra State Command of the Agency, few days ago. He was released on bail after two weeks at the detention facility to assist the Agency in tracing the whereabouts of the victims and the fleeing trafficker.”

The Statement explained that the Nwakama Nzube was apprehended by the Community Vigilante of Etiti, Idemili South Local Government Area of Anambra State and handed over to the Anambra State Police Command over a suspected case of organizing foreign travel which promotes prostitution in August 2022.

His arrest further became necessary on the grounds that the victim was his girlfriend and was last seen with him.

“On interrogation, the suspect admitted that the trafficker approached him at a shopping mall in Nnewi and requested for a girl that will work in her bar in Ghana, the development that prompted him to recruit the victim for her. The victim was said to have travelled with her 3-month-old boy and nothing has been heard about her ever since.”

The NAPTIP Boss reaffirmed the resolve of the Anti-Human Rights and Law Enforcement Agencies as well as other Stakeholders to consolidate on the successes against Human Traffickers and other sundry crimes.

She assured that efforts to locate and rescue the victim and her baby as well as track and arrest the perpetrators are in top gear.

“Dr. Fatima Waziri – Azi added that the Agency will not hesitate to revoke the bail granted the Nigeria – based suspect should there be any reported case of breach or any reprisal action that tend to endanger the lives of the people of the Community.

“The Director General urged the Community to join hands with NAPTIP by providing useful information that will aid the investigation and rescue of the victims,” the Statement concluded.

 




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