The Kano Zonal Command of the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP), said it rescued over 700 victims of human trafficking between the January to December this year.
The Zonal Commander, Barr. Abdullahi Babale made this known to news men over the weekend during a sensitization program organized by Hon. Mustapha Bala Dawaki for his constituents on the dangers of human trafficking and Child Molestation.
According to him, out of the 700 rescued, over 400 were on their way to abroad countries like the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Libya, Niger, Italy and other foreign countries, while the remaining where domestically trafficked to be used within the country.
Babale who spoke through his spokes person, Ali Abba Kandi also said that, the command this year recorded reasonable number of cases currently under investigations and have successfully secured 22 convictions of jail tems including a 50 years old sentenced to 14 years.
He stated that the collaboration between the Agency and Hon. Mustapha Bala Dawaki who introduced it as part of his constituency Project for Dawakin Kudu and Warawa, has been on for the past 4 years and recording significant successes.
Aside this, the House of Reps Member also empowers participants at the event drawn from various wards of his constituency with Capital to enable them engage in small businesses to help cushion the effects of the biting economy.
However, the Commander noted that as a result of the sensitization lectures introduced by Bala, cases of human trafficking in the two LGAs has drastically reduced, applauding Hon. Mustapha for the initiative.
He said the initiative is worthy of emulation and called on other members of National Assembly from Kano to introduce such to their various constituents with the view to total eradication of human trafficking and child molestation in the State.
Hon Mustapha Bala who was represented by Tasi’u Yusuf Barrister urged the participants to support the Agency in the fight against human trafficking and child molestation.
He said, it is important for people to adhere strictly to procedures of Reporting such cases to NAPTIP as they were taught during the two days sensitization and advocacy program on child molestation and trafficking.
A participant, Zainab Adamu Hassan, Dawakin Kudu who spoke on the occasion stated that no doubt women play a major role in the release of their wards to traffickers who deceive them with fake promises that are never fulfilled.
She said, it is a trend which must be put to end by all stakeholders considering it’s devastating danger on the victims and their entire family members.
Zainab expressed gratitude to their house of reps member who deemed it fit to train them on the subject matter promising to be an ambassador against trafficking and child molestation in her community.
In the same vein, Yarima Al-Hassan of Imawa Ward Warawa, said by virtue of the lectures received, he can confidently say he has become an ambassador for fight against human trafficking and Child Molestation.
Al-Hassan stressed that he will be on the watch out for any parents who give out their children under whatever guise and counsel them on its dangers and report to relevant authorities when necessary for further actions.
The two days lectures had in attendance 100 participants consisting of both male and female drawn from D/Kudu and Warawa