Law Enforcement Agents Aiding Human Traffickers- House of Rep. Committee Chair, Akande-Sadipe
The Chairman, House of Representatives Committee on Diaspora, Hon. Tolulope Akande-Sadipe has berated the Nigerian law enforcement agencies, the Police Force and the weak Judicial system, which in turn has indirectly aided the high level of impunity by human trafficking and forced labour offenders in Nigeria.
The Oluyole Federal Constituency representative said this in her keynote address during a joint-capacity building retreat held for House of Representatives members of the committee on Diaspora, Foreign Affairs and Human rights in Abuja.
She noted that Nigerian courts and the Police Force continue to penalize traffickers with fines alone, or offering the option to pay a fine instead of serving time in the correctional centres across the nation.
“This is why it is important for us as law makers to truly understand various dimensions and ramifications for human trafficking as well as its effects on our society and on humanity, so that we can on our own part, do what we can to put an end to it”, she said.
Akande Sadipe who revealed that the estimated number of Nigerian citizens living abroad, is between 15 to 17 Million, called on the Federal Government to effectively engage the large pool of Nigerians in the diaspora to promote national development.