The National Agency for the Prohibition of Traffic in Persons and Other Related Matters (NAPTIP) has commenced investigation into the Premium Times exclusive story detailing the existence of a ruthless human trafficking syndicate operating from Lagos.

The report by Premium Times was the outcome of a four month long investigation by a crime reporter Tobore Ovuorie which revealed the dastard nature of both the operators and their alleged links in some Agencies of Government.

The Executive Secretary of NAPTIP, Mrs. Beatrice Jedy-Agba said that NAPTIP is a responsible Agency geared towards elimination of this scourge and will do everything to break down the web and bring all the operators to justice.

The NAPTIP boss revealed that she has deployed a crack team of intelligence and investigation officers on the case to speak with the reporter in a secure location and search out actionable leads to follow through in our investigation.

According to her, “the reporter’s safety is our concern also and we will evaluate threat levels and risk assessment to determine if there was immediate need for surveillance around the victim”.

Mrs. Jedy-Agba said the incidence as reported does not present a lost case in the battle against human trafficking, noting that the dynamics of crime in every society is determined by so many factors and elements which law enforcement officers can only deal with as it happens.

We have identified the Local Government mentioned in the report and will work with them to check activities of traffickers in these locations.

Speaking during the meeting, the managing Editor, Musikilu Mojeed expressed happiness in the desire of NAPTIP to go after the syndicate and promised to partner with NAPTIP investigators in unmasking the perpetrators of this scourge.

It will be recalled that the Premium Times reporter Tobore Ovuorie was one of the journalist in the newly established anti-trafficking media network to facilitate increased reportage of anti trafficking materials in the media.


Arinze Orakwue
Head, Media and Communications.

4th February, 2014