By Cecilia Ijuo
The Director General of the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons(NAPTIP), Julie Okah-Donli, has disclosed that greater than 25,000 Nigerians have been held in slave and intercourse camps in Libya.
Okah-Donli made this recognized whereas defending the company’s 2018 price range earlier than the Senate Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters on Tuesday.
She mentioned of the determine, about 5000 of the victims have been repatriated inside the interval.
”Numerous Nigerians have additionally been returned from different nations in Europe and Africa.
”All these folks should be correctly obtained, profiled and assisted.
”NAPTIP has been working in conjunction with different governmental and non governmental companies comparable to NEMA, International Organisation for Migration (IOM) and others to offer assist to those unlucky Nigerians,”she mentioned.
She lamented that regardless of the evils of human trafficking not a lot consideration was targeted on the menace.
She mentioned the current pattern which marked the resurgence of slave commerce was extra alarming and required the eye it deserved.
According to her, the duty earlier than the company is huge whereas budgetary allocations have been comparatively low.
”It is my honour and privilege to lift a cry for assist on this hallowed chamber on behalf of probably the most susceptible members of the society, particularly ladies and kids.
”In current months the odious and perverse penalties of human trafficking and irregular migration have been forcefully dropped at our tv screens with gory tales,”she mentioned.
She mentioned if human trafficking was to be lowered or eradicated, huge public consciousness in addition to behavourial change campaigns should be sustained from the grassroots to the nationwide stage.
The NAPTIP boss additional mentioned many victims of trafficking wanted to bear expertise acquisition coaching or formal schooling.
The NAPTIP bossm nonetheless, counseled the Federal Government and different stakeholders for his or her help within the wake of current slave commerce of Africans.
”I want to place on document my deep appreciation to President Muhammad Buhari for persistently placing the difficulty of human trafficking on the centre of world discourse at varied worldwide for a.
”In the aftermath of the current disaster stemming from the inhuman remedy of Nigerians in Libya and elsewhere, each the Presidency and National Assembly got here out strongly with statements band actions to to strengthen nationwide response to irregular migration, ”she mentioned.(NAN)