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No Suspect Escaped From Our Custody – NAPTIP

The attention of the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking In Persons (NAPTIP) has been drawn to a false report on Premium Times Nigeria, claiming that 19 suspects escaped from the Agency’s custody in Abuja on Tuesday.

NAPTIP wishes to categorically state that such an incident never happened and this was clearly conveyed to the Premium Times reporter, Evelyn who had called earlier to verify the information she got.

Everything in that report is only a figment of the imagination of the writer as the content of the report does not also fall within the procedures of the Agency.

Furthermore, the Agency has never at any time had such a number of suspects in its custody at a time as we always observe the best practices in suspects handling and within accepted laws.

The public is hereby enjoined to disregard such misleading publications, as they are false, and a calculated attempt to bring the Agency to disrepute. The Agency is, more than ever, strategically poised to fight human trafficking in Nigeria and secure the lives of vulnerable Nigerian citizens.

We use this opportunity to implore the Media to always crosscheck all information that come from unverified sources before publication to avoid misleading the public. NAPTIP believes so much in telling the media and the public the truth about its activities and urge the media to trust all information from the Agency instead of listening to mere hearsay or gossip and publishing them as genuine reports.

Nneka Aniagoh

For: Head, Press and Public Relations.

26th April, 2018