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Edo reintegrates over 5,000 victims of human trafficking

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The Edo State government, in the past three years, received and reintegrated over 5,000 returnees who are victims of human trafficking and illegal migration.

Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Edo State, Prof. Yinka Omorogbe, disclosed this while speaking to newsmen in Benin City during the third year anniversary of the Edo State Task Force on Human Trafficking.

Omorogbe reassured citizens that the Governor Godwin Obaseki-led administration remains committed towards eradicating the scourge of human trafficking and irregular migration in the state, noting that the government is deploying resources for advocacy and sensitisation campaigns to stem the tide.

Noting that the administration has recorded successes in reducing the trend, which has now changed international perception of Edo State, the Commissioner said: “We have well over 5,000 persons that we have individually received and when they come in, we register them on our database. We have many other people who came in through other means that we have attended to and they are with us. We have been able to work with every person who qualified as a returnee, even those who came back before we started our work.

“There are people who just came back from Mali that are with us right now. So many lives have been rehabilitated. We want to thank our governor for his foresight and leadership role in creating the task force, thereby ensuring that we are successful at everything we do. This has been the reason for our monumental strides.


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