NAPTIP Boss Backs Ayade's Efforts To End Trafficking, Illegal Migration

The Director-General, National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP), Hajiya Imaan Sulaiman–Ibrahim has thrown her weight behind Governor Ben Ayade’s fight against illegal migration and trafficking in persons in the state.

The Director-General made this known during an interactive session on Monday, when the Senior Special Assistant to Cross River State Governor on Humanitarian Affairs, Ms Martha Agba paid her a courtesy visit in her office. The Director-General stated that she's been briefed of efforts by the Governor to put an end to the use of the state’s border routes, especially its waterways to traffic persons out of the country using local security architecture; Operation Akpakwu which proactive efforts have reduced crime and exposed hideouts of those trying to smuggle out persons illegally.

The Director-General said efforts by the Ayade Administration aligns with hers, just as the Agency plans to ensure traffickers are made to face the wrath of the law, due to the devastating effects of the crime on the nation and the immediate families of the trafficked persons.

"Calabar is well known for its fame and tourist attractions. We are considering building a rehab center for victims where they can undergo training and other rehabilitation and mentorship processes before they can be reintegrated to contribute to society".

Speaking shortly after, Ms Martha Agba thanked the NAPTIP boss for her unflinching commitment regarding rescuing trafficked persons, while also soliciting collaborations with the Agency towards safeguarding intending migrants, which according to her needs the Agency's maximum support.

"I am here to thank you for all you have done to protect mankind. Cross River State is at the forefront of fighting traffickers. His Excellency, Governor Ben Ayade sees trafficking in persons as a very serious crime. He has set up monitoring teams to curb trafficking. I am here to see how we can work with your Agency to curb this menace which poses a threat to humanity". Ms Agba pointed.

Highpoint of the engagement was the signing of the "Ayade Humanitarian Placard" by the Director-General signifying the Agency's interest in the Governor’s campaign to end human trafficking in Cross River and to seek synergy to the vision of His Excellency's fight against trafficking which is one among many other states of the federation.

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