About 300 illegal routes used by human traffickers to ferry their victims out of the country have been discovered in Katsina, northwest Nigeria.
The Zonal Commander of National Agency for the Prohibition of Traffic in Persons and Other Related Matters, NAPTIP, Hajiya Khadija Bello, who spoke through her spokesman, Malam Aliyu Abba, said Wednesday in Kano that NAPTIP is not taking chances in its resolve to stamp out human traffickers and their nefarious activities.
She said at least 1,800 victims have been rescued and rehabilitated while 40 persons have been convicted for various human trafficking and child abuse offences in recent times.
She identified lack of manpower and logistics as part of their major challenges, and called for concerted efforts of individuals to complement the anti-human trafficking agency’s efforts.
Meanwhile, the North West Zonal Coordinator of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Musa Ilallah has reiterated the need for better emergency response skills among stakeholders in disaster management in the country.
Ilallah stated this during the opening ceremony of a two-day Training Programme on Modern Day Techniques to further educate the officers and men of the Nigerian Civil Defence Corps in Kano.
Also speaking at the event, Zonal Coordinator of NEMA North-West, Aliyu Shehu Kafindangi said better emergency response drastically reduces the loss of lives and property during emergency situations.In his comment, the Commandant of the Nigeria Civil Defence Corps, Kano State Command, Ahmed Alhassan Muazu, noted that the programme will further equip officers and men of the command on rapid response skills.