NAPTIP partners with security agencies and traditional leaders in the fight against trafficking | The Guardian Nigeria News

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The National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) area coordinator, Nduka Nwanwenne, said the agency had secured 500 convictions of human traffickers since its establishment by the federal government.

Nwanwenne said the agency started with one conviction in 2004 and has secured more than 500 convictions to date. He revealed this during a courtesy visit to the chair of the State Gender Response Initiative (GRIT) team, Dise Ogbise. in Yenagoa, the state capital.

He said human trafficking was not an isolated problem in Bayelsa State or Nigeria, but a global problem. He suggested collaborations with different stakeholders, including GRIT, security agencies, traditional and religious leaders, in the fight against human trafficking.

Nwanwenne was accompanied on the visit by Bayelsa State Commander Ms. Abieyuwa Ehidenro, who said construction collaboration was enshrined in the law that created the agency.

He said that Nigeria signed the Protocol against Transnational Organized Crime in 2003, adding that: “NAPTIP is the Federal Government‘s response to the scourge of human trafficking.

“NAPTIP is both a law enforcement and social welfare agency that enforces the law and also helps victims reintegrate into society through capacity building.”

He highlighted the agency’s thematic areas such as prevention, protection, prosecution and participation. He applauded GRIT for promoting the rights of vulnerable groups and for helping survivors seek justice.

Ogbise said GRIT was set up by the Governor’s wife, Dr (Ms) Gloria Diri and was inaugurated in September 2021 by Governor Douye Diri.

She denounced the involvement of women in human trafficking and assured that GRIT would work with NAPTIP to advocate for the establishment of a safe home in the state, which would strengthen law enforcement and would ensure that justice is done.

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