Director – General of the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP), Julie Okah – Donli, has called for the collective efforts of traditional rulers in the country towards combating human trafficking saying the future of every Nigerian child is vital to the Agency.
The NAPTIP boss stated this during an officials visit to the Rivers State Traditional Council Secretariat in Port Harcourt.
The Director – General who painted the gory picture of the level of exploitation of victims of human trafficking and the heart-breaking stories of some of the survivors alerted on the new tricks and trends saying that the traffickers have evolved new ways of luring and trafficking their victims.
“Our intelligence indicated that these mindless and wicked individuals whose mission is to exploit our promising youths even to the point of death, have now diversified their nefarious activities to include fabricating fake stories of providing educational supports in forms of scholarship, recruitment for Sporting activities and the most frightening being the organ harvesting”
“We must rise up and save our children from these sets of people. We must join hands and curtail their activities. We must protect our children and secure their future” the NAPTIP DG said.
In his response, the Chairman of the Rivers State Traditional Council, His Majesty, King Dandeson Douglas Jaja, Jeki V Treaty King Amanyanabo of Opobo, assured the NAPTIP boss of the support of the Council.
He promised to join hands with the Agency for enlightenment programme by creating a forum where all members of the council would be educated on their roles as traditional rulers in collating human trafficking.
The Traditional ruler commended NAPTIP for the giant stride recoded in the fight against human trafficking and called on all traditional rulers in the country to take their traditional place in the fight against human trafficking in their domain.
Highpoint of the visit was the raising of the Red Card Against Human Trafficking by the traditional rulers.