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NAPTIP Inaugurates Taskforce in Ogun

The National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) has inaugurated the Ogun Taskforce on Human Trafficking to stem the tide of human trafficking and irregular migration in the state and the country. 

The taskforce is chaired by the Ogun State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr Gbolahan Adeniran .

The Director General of NAPTIP, Mrs Dame Okah-Donli, in a message to the event in Abeokuta, said that human trafficking presented danger to national security, which must be addressed boldly and frontally. 

Mrs. Okah -Donli explained that the state task force on human trafficking had a pivotal role to play in ensuring adequate sensitization at the grassroots and among vulnerable groups on dangers associated with human trafficking. 

She pointed out that the task force also had a role to play in providing services and support to victims who had been rescued and returned as well as information sharing and law enforcements.

She stated that it required strong political will and budgetary provisions on the part of the state government, in addition to the commitment of traditional institutions, religious and community leaders. 

Inaugurating the 42-man task force, Gov. Dapo Abiodun, said that government must ensure adequate security of lives and property for any nation to experience development.

Governor Abiodun, represented by the Deputy Governor, Engineer Noimot Salako-Oyedele, explained that human trafficking remained a great violation of human rights, saying that government must expedite action to stop the menace in the society. 

The governor urged the people to support and cooperate with the task force, adding that all the requests made by NAPTIP DG to make the task force succeed would be addressed accordingly.

The Chairman of the taskforce, Mr. Adeniran, said that the task force would adopt victim-centred approach, saying that it was important to support victims that were trafficked and also suffered violence.

Members of the task force were drawn from the Nigeria Police, Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, (NSCDC), traditional rulers and non-governmental organisations (NGO) among others.

Wale Oluokun

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