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NAPTIP, police raid Abuja hotel, rescue three sexual exploitation victims


[FILES] Director Deneral Dame Julie Okah-Donli.<br />Photo TWITTER/naptipnigeria

Operatives of the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) in a joint operation with officers of the Nigeria Police Force have in Abuja raided a hotel used as a hideout for suspected human traffickers.
The hotel, according to NAPTIP spokesperson, Victoria Ijampy, is also used for the sexual exploitation of young women. The hotel, popularly known as Davis Hotel, is located at Okada Junction, Tudunwada Lugbe, FCT, Abuja.
“During the operation, three victims were rescued and three suspects were arrested. The raid followed an intelligence report that the place was being used for underage and exploitive prostitution and other vices. Some of the girls have been living in the brothel for over a year and some less than three months,” she said.
Speaking on the raid, Director-General of the agency, Dame Julie Okah-Donli, frowned at brothels using under-aged girls for prostitution and has warned that those involved in such acts will be dealt with according to the law.

Meanwhile, the Delta State governor, Ifeanyi Okowa, has inaugurated a high-powered 17-man task force to check human trafficking and irregular migration in the state with the Commissioner for Justice and Attorney-General, Mr. Peter Mrakpor, as chairman.
Others in the task force are Nduka Nwanwenne, Rev. Omatsola Williams, Patrick Ukah, Mercy Almona-Isei, Dr. Genevieve Mordi, Mrs. M.N. Otubu, Ibrahim Liman, Ameh Ocheja, Benito Eze, Charles Oliogu, Chief Daniel Usifor, Pastor Azuka Onyebo, Comrade Julius Olomukoro, Amb. Carolyn Usikpedo, Felix Ofou and Commissioner of Police Yinka Adeleke.
The ceremony was witnessed by the Director-General of NAPTIP, Mrs. Julie Okah-Donli. The governor said: “We are worried that we occupy high position among the states affected by human trafficking and irregular migration; we are committed as a state to stem the tide that is why we are setting up this task force. We need to reach out to our people and discourage them from seeking greener pastures that do not exist; irregular migration and human trafficking are evils that have visited our state and it must be checked.”
Okowa stressed his administration’s preparedness to carry out reintegration programmes for those who return. Okah-Donli commended the governor for his determination to check human trafficking and irregular migration.

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