NAPTIP D-G orders nationwide crackdown on child trafficking
Dr. Fatima Waziri-Azi, Director General of the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP), has urged stakeholders to intensify actions against child trafficking in the country.
Waziri-Azi made the call in a statement by Stella Nezan, Head of the Public Relations unit in Abuja on Monday.
The director general gave a concurrent order to all NAPTIP zone and state commanders to initiate surveillance operations within their jurisdiction.
He urged them to leave no stone unturned in addressing child trafficking within their jurisdictions.
“We have to make sure that child trafficking is fully addressed, everyone involved in the buying and selling of human beings needs to be stopped and prosecuted,” he said.
According to her, child trafficking is an inhumane activity that should not be allowed in human society.
“Shut down those places you call baby factories. Apprehending and prosecuting those who possess them is illegal and barbaric,” he said.
Waziri-Azi said that NAPTIP is committed to strengthening partnerships with other law enforcement agencies to ensure a successful campaign against child trafficking.
“The wave of child trafficking, kidnapping and theft of children is worrying, we cannot sit back and watch.
”The law empowers the agency to deal with all cases of human trafficking, buying and selling of human beings, as well as cruelty against children.
“I know that we have been quite proactive in fulfilling our mandate, we have made tremendous progress, we need to be more resilient.
“As an agency, we have rescued many children from their kidnappers and then reunited with their families, we need to do more,” he said.
The DG urged members of the public to support the agency with intelligence that would enable it to track traffic offenders.
She said those involved in the illegal activity are known to the public, saying, “They can be arrested if the correct information is provided.”
“Let’s be more vigilant, let’s try to report suspicious movements within our environment, together we will win the battle,” he said