Statements, Activities and Achievements of NAPTIP

93 Nigerian “sex slaves”, 11 others evacuated from Mali, NAPTIP reports

Prostitutes returned to Nigeria

On 15 November, the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) reported it had evacuated 104 Nigerians, including 93 prostitutes, from the francophone West African country, Mali.

The Executive Director of NAPTIP, Mrs Beatrice Jedy-Agba, told newsmen in Abuja, that the evacuees comprised 93 females allegedly trafficked and made to work as “sex slaves”, as well as nine suspected traffickers and two babies. She said the babies, aged between six months and a year, were born in Mali.

Jedy-Agba said they were brought back to Nigeria on 12 November, following investigations by NAPTIP since September last year. She said the investigations had established that Nigerian girls were being sold for about two million naira (2,600 USD, 9,200 euros) each and then compelled to work as “sex slaves” in Mali.

The investigations further found that many brothels in the Malian capital, Bamako, and also in the cities of Mopti, Kayes, Sikasso and Gao were populated by mostly Nigerian girls, aged between 14 and 17 years, who had been victims of human trafficking. Thousands of them had been transported there by syndicates that deceived them with promises that they were being taken to Europe for employment. She said: “Some of them, in their hundreds, were deported from Algeria and Morocco back to Mali, after failed attempts to cross to Europe”.

Jedy-Agba said NAPTIP had commenced the process of rehabilitating the returnees and reintegrating them into the Nigerian society. She also disclosed that the suspected traffickers were still being interrogated, but would thereafter be charged to court and prosecuted.


Human trafficking: 328 victims rescued in Jan-June 2011, NAPTIP reports

On 28 July, the Executive Secretary of the National Agency for the Prohibition of Traffic in Persons and Other Related Matters (NAPTIP), Barrister Simon Chuzi Egede, reported that 328 victims of human trafficking were rescued in the country between January and June this year (2011).

Presenting NAPTIP’s update for the year, at the 20th edition of the National Consultative Stakeholders Forum on combating trafficking in persons in Nigeria, held in Abuja, Egede said most victims were children and youths under 17 years old. He said 231 were females while 97 were males.

The NAPTIP boss said Edo State, with 55 victims, had the highest number of persons trafficked; it was followed closely by Kano State which had 53 and Anambra State with 32 persons.

He said 29 of the victims were meant to be trafficked to Benin Republic, 13 to Togo and 2 to Burkina Faso.

Mr Egede reported that of the 178 cases of trafficking recorded between January and June, 97 had been investigated exhaustively, while NAPTIP still had 87 cases pending in various courts across the country. He said some of the rescued victims had been rehabilitated. 

The NAPTIP boss also stated that the agency plans to launch a comprehensive National Action Plan against on human trafficking. He called on all stakeholders to put in more efforts at combating the phenomenon.

Also speaking at the event, Bureau Chief of the Nigerian Television Authority in the Middle East, Ms Muslima Sholebo, said Nigerian girls were increasingly being trafficked to the Middle East, especially Egypt. She said some of the girls are enticed with promises of well-paying jobs in banks and offices but end up only as house helps. She urged NAPTIP to work with the Egyptian Embassy in Abuja to track down the syndicates that procure visas for the girls.

Mrs Mumbi Njau, Coordinator of Anti-trafficking in Persons and Smuggling of Migrants with the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), said there was a need to focus greater attention on increasing public awareness on human trafficking.

Nigeria Immigration Service arrests suspected human trafficker and 4 victims heading to Libya, in Borno State

Mrs ROSE UZOMA, Comptroller General, Nigeria Immigration Service

On 14 March, the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), Borno State Command, reported it had arrested of a suspected human trafficker and four of her victims at the Banki-Darajamal border area of the state.

Parading the suspects to newsmen in his office in Maiduguri, the Comptroller of Immigration, Borno State Command, Alhaji Babayo Alkali, said the suspects were apprehended by his men as they were trying to set out to Libya by road, through Cameroun and Chad Republics. He said that four of them had international e-passports but none had any visa for entering Libya or employment papers for working there.

The Comptroller said on interrogation, it was found that Chinyere Charity Nwafor, with passport number AO2722637, was the trafficker. The four others – Ochomgba Anthony Erochukwu, 25; Nwazuzu Ogechi Martins 24; Genevive Otuorgh 30; and Ifeoma Mike 18 – were being trafficked to the North African country. Alkali added that the suspected trafficker, Nwafor, claimed she had lived in Libya for six years and came home in January 2011, for her mother’s burial.

Asked whether she was unaware of the hazards of travelling across the desert, the trafficker, Chinyere Nwafor, said she had never heard of any danger posed by travelling across the desert. She said: “I have been living in Libya for six years and I always buy my foodstuffs in Nigeria. Even now our vehicle is loaded with foodstuff”. She added that she found nothing wrong in assisting those who wanted to go to Libya to join their relatives.

Alkali said that when Nwafor was reminded that Nigerians resident in Libya were being brought back home on account of the crisis in that country, she said the fighting did not affect the area she lives and that those travelling with her would not be exposed to any danger in Libya.

The youngest of the victims, Ifeoma Mike, who said her parents were both dead, claimed she was accompanying the trafficker to Libya to assist her in her restaurant business.

The Comptroller said all the five suspects would be handed over to the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons and Other Related Matters (NAPTIP) for further investigations and prosecution.

Over 500 victims of human trafficking rescued in Sokoto zone since 2006, NAPTIP reports

On 26 January, the Coordinator of the Sokoto Zone of the National Agency for Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP), Alhaji Shehu Umar, reported that over 500 victims of human trafficking had been rescued by the agency’s Sokoto zonal office, since it was established in 2006. Umar said the office had received about 102 human trafficking reports over the last five years and investigated them all. According to him, most of the victims have been counselled and re-integrated into the society. 

He said available records indicate that there may have been a reduction in trafficking of persons in the zone over these years; but he also conceded that traffickers may have developed a system for beating the security arrangements of NAPTIP and the Nigeria Immigration Service. He said this was because, from the information he had been receiving from his counterparts in neighbouring Niger Republic, the traffickers were apparently still finding their ways, through Nigeria’s long, porous borders, into that country.

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