Story from Saleh INUWA, Kano
Human trafficking has become very alarming in Kano State, and there is the need for the Kano State government and NGO’s to come together and arrest the menace, according to the National Agency for Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP).
NAPTIP’s Director-General, Basheet Mohammed disclosed that human trafficking has become a serious source of concern in the state, based on the number of victims rescued, arrested and prosecuted.
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He said: “Organs like eyes, kidneys and lungs are harvested to service the medical needs of Europe, from inception to date. NAPTIP has rescued a total of 16,277 victims of human trafficking, and out of 14,474 people trafficked out of the country, 1,287 are from Kano.
Similarly, NAPTIP’s vulnerability index analysis shows that human trafficking is endemic in Kano. In the same vein out of 482 convicted persons by the agency from inception 110 are from Kano zonal command representing the highest in the country, Mr Muhammad explained.
NAPTIP is worried about these ugly trends of trafficking young Nigerian women to the Middle East, who are mostly from Kano and neighbouring states. In the last ten days, NAPTIP has successfully rescued 104 victims and 12 young indigenes of Kano were among those rescued.
Speaking at the courtesy visit, the Governor of Kano State, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje commended the NAPTIP boss for his zeal, commitment and innovation in the agency.