NAPTIP hands over 12 victims of child trafficking to Nasarawa government 

The National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Person (NAPTIP) has handed over 12 children who were intercepted on their way to Lagos to Nasarawa state government.

Handing over the victims to the Nasarawa state government, Tuesday in Lafia, head of operations at the state office of NAPTIP, Moses Unongo, said the victims were intercepted by personnel of the Nigeria Police Force in Abuja while en route to Lagos before their attention was drawn.

He said a cleric from Ninghar village in Akwanga local government area of the state (name withheld) attempted trafficking young persons for exploitative reasons and investigation was ongoing to further unravel more facts from the culprit.

He noted that the victims who are between the ages of 10 and 23 were lured by the cleric to secure profitable jobs for them in Lagos while the minors among them were promised quality education in the state.

Hem therefore, called on parents not to fail in educating their children on the ills of trafficking, saying that the agency will enhance the sensitization of the public in order not to fall victim of trafficking.

Receiving the victims on behalf of the Nasarawa state government, commissioner for women affairs and social development, Aisha Rufai Ibrahim, appreciated NAPTIP for being dutiful in curbing trafficking in the country. 

She maintained that government has zero tolerance for trafficking offences in the state, explaining that the state has passed the Violence Against Persons Prohibition bill into law, a springboard for nipping the activities of traffickers in the bud.