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NAPTIP ‘rescued’ 1,000 victims in 12 months – zonal commander

The Northwest Zonal Commander of the National Agency for the prohibition of trafficking in persons (NAPTIP) says the agency has rescued about 1,000 people from January 2021 to date.

Abdullahi Babale was speaking at a forum on child molestation and trafficking, which was organised by NAPTIP in collaboration with member representing Dawakin Kudu/Warawa federal constituency, Alhaji Mustapha Dawaki.

Declaring open the two-day sensitisation programme, Mr Babale said the Northwest zonal office of the command, which comprises of Kano, Kaduna, Katsina, Jigawa and Bauchi, were “working tirelessly to curtail internal and external trafficking in persons”.

He reiterated NAPTIP’s readiness to partner with relevant stakeholders in bringing an end to the menace, and charged participants to make judicious use of the knowledge gained.

Presenting a paper titled “Overview of Human Trafficking in Kano state”, Head of Public Enlightenment, NAPTIP Kano zonal command, Malam Aliyu Abba, said poverty and illiteracy were some of the major catalysts of child trafficking.

Mallam Abba said NAPTIP had secured 2,500 convictions on different cases relating to child molestation and trafficking.

reporting by Khadijah Aliyu; Editing by Adeniyi Bakare and Tony Okerafor