74 suspected human traffickers nabbed by NAPTIP Benin Command in 1 year
July 29, 2020 – As measures to clamp down human traffickers intensifies, the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP), Benin Zonal Command says no fewer than 74 suspected human traffickers have been arrested between July 2019 until date.
Mrs Ijeoma Uduak, Zonal Commander of the agency comprising Edo, Delta and Bayelsa, made the disclosure on Wednesday in Benin, as part of Agency’s activities to mark the 2020 World Human Trafficking Day.
Uduak said that those arrested include 36 males and 38 females, adding that the figure was from the 89 reported cases before the zonal command.
She further disclosed that the zone had also secured six convictions of suspects, with the most recent conviction secured on Tuesday.
Uduak said that on Tuesday, one Emmanuel Collins, a 38 year-old male from Delta was sentenced to two years in prison on a two count charge which is to run concurrently, with an option of N125,000 fine on each count.
She further disclosed that the zone has 57 pending cases in court and within the period, 122 victims were received by the zone for counselling and rehabilitation.
She said that that 28 of the victims have already been rehabilitated and reintegrated into society.
The zonal commander said that the convict was arrested by the Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS) at Seme border while attempting to traffic two young ladies to Dubai.
She said that the NIS transferred the case to NAPTIP for further investigation, which led to the prosecution and eventual conviction of the convict.
Uduak said that the zone, within the period under review, NAPTIP collaborated with 89 stakeholders, carried out 47 advocacy visits, 101 sensitisation and 44 media relation exercises.
The Humanitarian Post reports that the United Nations has set aside July 30 to raise awareness against human trafficking, and to protect and promote the rights of victims of human trafficking across the globe.