The Ekiti State Government has called upon the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons and related matters (NAPTIP) to address the pressing issue of human trafficking in order to safeguard the dignity of its citizens.
The government has urged NAPTIP to intensify its efforts to identify and apprehend those who are conspiring to turn Ekiti into a hub for this reprehensible activity, which is a violation of human rights and a grave injustice to its victims.
The Commissioner for Youth Development in Ekiti State, Hon. Adesola Gold Adedayo, made these remarks during a recent meeting with the leadership of NAPTIP, who visited his office in Ado Ekiti over the weekend. Addressing the officials from the federal government agency, Adedayo emphasized that Governor Biodun Oyebanji’s administration views human trafficking as a form of violence against its citizens, which is explicitly prohibited by Ekiti State law.
Adedayo disclosed that numerous trafficking victims are exposed to perilous circumstances such as exploitation, prostitution, slavery, and other heinous activities, resulting in severe suffering, fatalities, and traumatic ordeals.
He said, “Human trafficking is a heinous crime against humanity, infringing upon the rights of Nigerian citizens, and Governor Oyebanji is resolute in preventing such incidents within the state.”
The Commissioner expressed deep concern about the organized nature of human trafficking, with traffickers operating as syndicates. He referenced a 2022 warning by the Nigerian Immigration Service regarding attempts to establish Ekiti as a transit point for human trafficking, but Governor Oyebanji is determined to prevent this.
The government remains vigilant and highly values the lives of its residents. Of particular concern is the victimization of school-age children, and Ekiti State, under Governor Oyebanji’s leadership, is committed to ensuring that all children of school age are enrolled in educational institutions.
In response, the Head of Operations at NAPTIP’s Ekiti Office, Mr. Samson Ademola Oladimeji, commended Governor Oyebanji’s administration for collaborating with the agency to apprehend traffickers and make Ekiti an inhospitable environment for their criminal networks.”
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