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Cross River, groups pledges to tackle human trafficking



The Cross River State Ministry of Justice in partnership with Conference Of Western Attorneys General (CWAG) and Africa Alliance Partnership, (AAP) have pledged to tackle the menace of human trafficking and conservation of wildlife in the country.

The group made the pledge during a conference held in Calabar, Cross River state capital, last week.

Director of CWAG, Mr. Markus Green noted that there was the need to have joint responses to transnational crimes by establishing and building cooperative relationships. 

He said, given the trans-border nature of wildlife and human trafficking, child pornography, drugs, firearms, among others, no single country could address the challenge of the global crime alone.
According to him, CWAG and AAP are trying to contribute to the reduction, prevention and elimination of transnational crimes. This, he said, is part of the symposium that they are doing around nine different countries in Africa.

The Commissioner for Justice in Cross River State, Mr. Joe Abang said: “Attorney Generals from the United States are in Cross River State as a result of their passion for conservation of wildlife and biodiversity, which has caught the attention of the international community. We are host to one of the largest national parks, which houses chimpanzees, monkeys and other important species to humanity.”

Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Mr. Anthony Idigbe who represented AAP in the conference said, there are laws against wildlife trafficking but the problem is always around the enforcement of the laws.

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