The agency’s Head of Press and Public Relations, Stella Nezan, disclosed this on Monday in a statement titled, ‘NAPTIP busts child trafficking syndicate in Abuja, arrests 30-year-old woman, rescues four children.’
The crack team drawn from the NAPTIP headquarters, Abuja, and the Makurdi zonal command is led by the Director of Investigation, Daniel Atokolo.
The development which was hailed by cross section of officers and men of the agency also saw the creation of additional Regional Directorates, State Commands while the existing liaison offices have been upgraded with a view to enhancing their performances.
JIFORM, in statement signed by its President/Executive Director, Ajibola Abaomi, on Saturday praised The PUNCH newspapers for unraveling the incident, adding that time had come for the nation to declare a state of emergency on human trafficking activities.
This is as an international media body with over 300 media practitioners covering migration matters across the continents, Journalists International Forum For Migration, with headquarters in Lagos on Thursday petitioned the National Agency for Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons and other organisations to come her rescue.
The baby factory, Nwamaka Herbal Centre, located at Ikpokwu, Ukwa West Local Government Area of Abia State was sealed by operatives of the agency on Wednesday following the refusal of the owner to respond to invitations extended to her by the agency.
Ijeoma Uduak, Commander, NAPTIP, Benin Zone, reunited the victim with her mother, name (withheld) at the palace of Idu Uruan Village Head in Uruan Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom, on Saturday.
This was contained in a statement by Stella Nezan, Head, Press and Public Relations (NAPTIP).
The Command’s Public Relations Officer (PPRO), ASP Zubairu Aminuddeen, confirmed the development to newsmen in Dutse on Wednesday.
Sponsored by the US Department of State’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs and implemented by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, the retreat provided an opportunity for members of the judiciary and prosecutors at the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons to discuss admissibility of electronic evidence in human trafficking cases under Nigerian law.
The NAPTIP boss gave this assurance on Saturday, in Abuja, when a team of the media that cover the agency, led by Enemaku Ojochegbe, of African Independent Television, paid her a visit.
The State Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, who doubled as Chairman of the Committee on Child and Human Trafficking in the State, Akingbolahan Adeniran, made this submission during the constitution of Coordinators and Subcommittee of Task Forces to tackle incessant human trafficking and molestation of child, held at his office, Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta.
He made the call during a joint stakeholders dialogue on Trafficking in Persons and Smuggling of Migrants on Wednesday in Abuja.
The request was contained in a petition dated December 7, 2020 to the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, a copy of which was sent to President Muhammadu Buhari.
This was contained in a statement by the Director-General of NAPTIP, Imaan Suleiman-Ibrahim, on Wednesday in Abuja.
The children, between six and 15 years, were intercepted at the Bwari Area Council of the Federal Capital Territory by military personnel at a checkpoint.
The Cross River State Comptroller of NIS, Okey Ezugwu, who briefed the News Agency of Nigeria on the incident in Calabar, said the suspected child trafficker, Maureen Awokara, was arrested on December 19, 2020 at the high sea.
The NAPTIP Zonal Commander, Festus Gav, disclosed this when he paid a courtesy visit to the Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Frank Archibong, in Uyo on Tuesday.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the meeting which held on Tuesday at Hotel Presidential, Port Harcourt, drew participants from the various zones and chapters, including Ijaw sons and daughters in the Diaspora.
Malam Garba Shehu, the President’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, confirmed this in a statement in Abuja on Tuesday.