Monday, December 05, 2005

Five LGs in Kano Identified As Human Trafficking Routes

December 2, 2005 12:00am
Source: Vanguard (Nigeria)

FIVE local government councils in Kano state have been identified by the Kano Zonal office of National Agency for the Prohibition of Traffic in Persons and other related matters (NAPTIP) as the most endemic areas where Human trafficking activities are being perpetuated, the head of Kano zonal NAPTIP, Alhaji Mohammed A. Mashi has said.

Briefing journalists at his office shortly after two days sensitization/awareness campaign tour to the affected local government councils, he said that similar campaign will be held in all endemic areas in all the zones as part of their strategy of eradicating human trafficking in the zone.

On why they embarked on the campaign which he said was sponsored by UNICEF "D" field in Bauchi, he said the office chooses to visit the affected local governments, so that the people in the area can be educated on the menace of human traffickers and the unshaken resolve by NAPTIP in the zone to eradicate Human trafficking activities in every part of Kano zone.

Alhaji Mashi explained that the affected local government councils, namely, Wudil, Dambatta, Gezawa, Kura and Bunkure local government councils were identified because of most of the Human trafficking cases before the zone from Kano is traced to the five local government councils.

His words: "From the records in our Kano office, the cases of child abuse, child-labour, trafficking of girls and destitute for prostitution and begging are linked to the five local government councils. This is why we decided to move swiftly to the areas and sensitize the people on how to reduce the menace".

Alhaji Mashi further explained that apart from sensitization of the affected communities, they also formed community based partnership by forming a local anti-trafficking network communities with the district heads, police representatives, NAPTIP officer, religious and community leaders, self-help groups and government officials to work towards eradicating human trafficking activities in the area.

The Kano Zonal NAPTIP boss further explained that the local NAPTIP sensitization teams are tasked with the responsibility of developing a community based strategies that are sustainable and acceptable by the grassroots people to fight human traffickers.

He then expressed hope that with the new innovation introduced by the Kano NAPTIP zone, they are working towards breaking through the root of human trafficking activities in Kano, which has the highest record of human trafficking activities in the northern axis.

On the forthcoming Hajj operation, the Kano zonal NAPTIP boss disclosed that already they are making necessary contacts with all relevant authorities including the state government, so that they can participate in the next HAJJ operations to critically screen those leaving for the Holy land from the zone. Said he, "we are really making efforts to ensure that NAPTIP plays active role in the next Hajj operations because these Human traffickers usually taker advantage of Hajj to smuggle out our young girls to Saudi Arabia and other Asian countries to prostitute. We are going to ensure that is stopped from this zone".

He reiterated that no cases would be handled with any special priority by NAPTIP because anybody found guilty of taking part in any form of human trafficking activities is guilty, stressing that they are well informed with the various operational strategies of human traffickers in the zone, adding that his men are vigilant.

Distributed by AllAfrica Global Media. (allafrica.com)

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