DIRECTOR-GENERAL of the National Agency for the prohibition of Trafficking in Persons, NAPTIP, Julie Okah- Donli has called for the arrest and prosecution of foreign-based human trafficking rings and mafia whose activities constitute major threat to the global anti- human trafficking efforts. This was contained in a press statement obtained issued by the head of Press and Public Relations, NAPTIP,  Josiah Emerole, in Abuja yesterday. It said that Okah-Donli specifically tasked members of the European Union and other international organisations to provide useful intelligence on the operations base and location of the human trafficking “lords” for the purpose of bursting their rings and making them to face the law. The statement said that the NAPTIP boss ordered for the arrest while playing host to a delegation from the Spanish embassy who were at the NAPTIP headquarters to brief the management on the scope and the implementation strategy of the 11thEuropean Development Fund project, EDF. It would be recalled that the NAPTIP director-general had on assumption of office declared total war on human traffickers, saying that the agency would do everything possible to protect Nigerian youths and secure their future from heartless traffickers. The director-general told the visiting envoys that blowing the lead off the European-based human trafficking barons who have continuously mounted pressure on their home-based pimps for massive recruitment of victims would be a major boost to the current onslaught on human traffickers. According to her, “The arrest and prosecution of those human traffickers that are based in any of the European countries is very crucial to our latest efforts to end human trafficking in Nigeria. “We are imploring you to join hands with the Government of Nigeria and precisely NAPTIP in the area of intelligence sharing aimed at exposing those foreign based human trafficking ‘madams’ who are believed to be behind the exploitation of our youths. “We want them to be exposed and made to face the wrath of the law. This is one of the ways of ensuring success of the latest fight against human trafficking,” NAPTIP DG said. While assuring the donors of NAPTIP continued cooperation and unhindered assistance towards human trafficking related projects, the NAPTIP boss disclosed that the Agency was in the process of developing a Memorandum of Understanding, MOU, that will clearly spell out the procedure for the implementation of a Spanish sponsored project.


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