The Kano Zonal Command of the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons and other Related Matters (NAPTIP) has rescued over 146 victims of human trafficking within the last five months.
The NAPTIP Zonal Commander, Mr Shehu Umar, said the victims, males and females, were rescued from four states namely, Kano, Katsina, Kaduna and Jigawa, which makes up the zone.
He said the agency recorded 51 cases of human trafficking and other related issues within the period under review.
“The cases involved include sexual abuse, unlawful carnal knowledge, child kidnapping/abduction, missing child and stolen baby, among others. From January to date, we are able to record four internal and 23 external trafficking cases in the zone,” stressed Umar
He said that agency was able to record the achievements, following its collaborative effort with other sister security agencies in the zone.
He gave assurance that the agency would continue to partner with such agencies, with a view to achieving the desired results.
“The collaboration enabled us to transfer cases to other sister agencies and vice versa. This has really assisted us in achieving what we achieved so far”. Stated the Commander
He explained that the agency had also secured two convictions within the period, while 24 cases were still under investigation.
The agency, he said would continue to enlighten the public on the dangers associated with human trafficking and other related offences.
“We also conducted sensitization programme in six secondary schools in Kano and Kaduna states.” Added Umar