NAPTIP to intensify fight against trafficking in Ebonyi
The National Agency for Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) has expressed its readiness to embark on massive campaign and sensitisation in Ebonyi State.
Head, NAPTIP Liaison Officer, Mrs. Bertha Offor, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abakaliki that the campaign would be taken to motorparks, markets, churches and other places of public interest.
Offor, who listed partners and critical stakeholders of the campaign to include the Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development, the National Human Rights Commission and the Police, said NAPTIP would also deepen its relationship with its partners to effectively drive the campaign.
She warned traffickers to desist from the crime, as culprits would be prosecuted, adding that since the Ebonyi Office became operational in September 2021, it had received reports of rescue of newborn babies and the defiling of a 12-year-old girl by a lecturer.
“We learnt that the matters are already in court and suspects are in prison custody.
We were able to sensitise some schools during the 16 days of activism in the state in partnership with the police as a critical stakeholder,” she said.
Offor, therefore, enjoined parents to be on alert, as the year was coming to an end warning that the period was synonymous with increased activities by traffickers, who exploit gullible adolescents.