DELTA GOVT TAKES HUMAN TRAFFICKING CAMPAIGN TO THE GRASSROOT; APPEALS TO FAITH-BASED ORGANIZATIONS TO JOIN THE FIGHT AGAINST THE ILLEGAL TRADE

Tue Dec 17 2019

The Delta State Taskforce on Human Trafficking and Irregular Migration
has taken its sensitization campaign to the grass root with an appeal to
faith-based organizations whom the Chairman of the Taskforce regards as
the greatest influencer of minds to join hands with the Delta State
Government in its fight against the illegal trade.
Chairman of the Taskforce, Mr. Peter Mrakpor who is also the State
Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice led other members of the
Taskforce to Saint Peter’s Christ Army Church of Nigeria, Agbor, Ika South
Local Government Area on Sunday to sensitize people of the area on the
dangers of the obnoxious human trafficking business which he said has
become prevalent in the area.
It would be recalled that the Chairman of the Taskforce promised to take its
sensitization campaign to the 25 Local Government Areas of the State
when it hosted Attorneys General Alliance/Africa Alliance Partnership
Symposium penultimate Wednesday where he raised alarm on the spread
of the activities of human traffickers in the State which he succinctly
described as “evil and one of the greatest crime against humanity”
The Chairman of the Taskforce while exposing the modus oparandi of
recruiters of young and energetic innocent girls and boys whom they lure
into embarking on the dangerous and life threatening journey to Europe
and other Africa Countries with a promise of greener pasture, gave a gory
accounts of the kind of inhuman treatment meted on those who fell prey to
their schemes.
He disclosed that the State Governor, Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa while
receiving the Director-General of the National Agency for the Prohibition of
Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) prior to the inauguration of the State
Taskforce, had underestimated the prevalent rates of the crime in State but
was shocked when the D-G told the Governor of the number of persons

trafficked from Ika South and Ika North East alone which was very
disturbing.
Peter Mrakpor who conceded that enforcement of the law alone against
offenders was not enough in preventing the crime, stated that the steps
already taken by the Taskforce in embarking on the campaign to every
nook and crannies of the State were part of measures to nip the crime in
the bud.
While appreciating the clergy who mobilized members of the church to
attend the sensitization campaign of the Taskforce which was taken to the
Church, Mrakpor enjoined faith-based organizations whom he referred to
as the greatest influencer of minds to join hands with the Delta State
Government to use the pulpit to preach against the menace, noting that the
crime was becoming more rampant.
He assured that the Delta State Government was not leaving any stone
unturned in curtailing activities of human traffickers in the state even as he
charge parents to be alive to their responsibilities.
Earlier, the Edo Zonal Commander of the National Agency for Prohibition in
Persons (NAPTIP) Mrs. Ijeoma Uduak who spoke through Mr. Obi
Onyebuchi disclosed that the Agency has secured 1,450 convictions and
recovered 14,000 trafficked persons back to country, and disclosed that
some of the returnees were battling with different life threatening diseases
because of the horrible lifestyle they were exposed to.
The Edo Zonal Commander charged parents to be vigilant as December
period appears to be the peak period for recruitment of persons with false
promises of greener pasture in Europe.
The Taskforce also visited Ark of Testimony Redemption Ministry,
Okpanam in Oshimili North Local Government where the Chairman
appealed to the Church to partner with the Taskforce in confronting what it
called modern slavery. He disclosed that the Delta State Government has
put in place more stringent measures in regulating the operations of
Orphanages in the State and assured that the state Government will not
rest on its oars in protecting and safe guarding the rights of the people
irrespective of creed, gender or ethic nationality.

High point of the event was presentation of Awards and golden cups to the
Delta State Governor, Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa and to the Chairman of
the Taskforce for exemplary leadership by the Diocesan Bishop of St.
Peter’s Christ Army Church of Nigeria.

Ivovi Aruoriwo
Public Relations Officer
Ministry of Justice
Asaba

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