Director-general of
the National Agency for the
Prohibition of Trafficking in
Persons, NAPTIP, Barrister
Julie Okah-Donli has vowed to
ensure that victims of human
trafficking received adequate
care and protection.
Okah-Donli spoke while
touring the Abuja shelter
of the agency as part of her
familiarisation visit to NAPTIP
facilities in Abuja.
She also visited the Federal
Secretariat annex of the
headquarters, which houses
the Library and the Training
Resource Centre of the agency.
The director-general, who
was moved by the stories of the
victims and the warm reception
they accorded her, said that
under her watch, no victim
of human trafficking in the
shelters of the agency would
be discriminated against, no
matter the person’s nationality.
“This is an international
agency that must operate
according to international
standards. We must show
proper care and affection to
these young people who are
under our care. It is not their
fault that they were exploited
and their future temporarily
halted. Under my watch, no
victim will face any abuse or
discrimination,” she said.
The NAPTIP boss, however,
urged the counsellors and care
givers in all NAPTIP shelters to
brace up for more work ahead
as she would always task them
to ensure that all procedures for
care, protection and assistance
for victims of human trafficking
were not compromised.
While at the shelter, she
watched some of the victims’
display some of the skills
learned and also admired some
of the items they produced,
which included cloths, bags,
beads amongst others.
Nigerian Pilot gathered that
the newly appointed directorgeneral
of the agency assumed
office on Tuesday.
Okah- Donli and 22 others
were on Thursday, April
13, appointed by President
Muhammadu Buhari to man
various agencies of the federal
On arrival at the headquarters,
Abuja, Barrister Okah-Donli
who was received by the
management staff of the agency,
took briefs from directors
and head of units, and also
interacted with staff as she went
from office to office to fraternise
with staff and see the reality of
things on ground.
Addressing the management
staff, the director-general who
expressed appreciation to the
president for the appointment,
said her appointment was a call
to national service.
Explaining that the task of
NAPTIP was basically to stop
the crime against humanity,
she stressed that officers must
“discharge our duties with
absolute fear of God,” as she
also warned staff to resist any
temptation to compromise the
mandate of the agency as such
would not be tolerated by her