AUSTIN OMOS OYIBODE, EDITOR
The Edo and Delta zone of the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) has arrested some persons who were involved in human trafficking and assisting people in illegal migration in Delta state.
Emeraldng.com reports that the arrested persons whose number was not disclosed to journalists was part of the clampdown exercise of the agency in collaboration with Delta state taskforce against trafficking in persons and illegal migration.
Attorney General of Delta state and commissioner for justice, Barrister Peter Mrakpor, made the disclosure on Wednesday during a press conference to announce a rally holding in Asaba on Thursday.
The rally, according to Barrister Mrakpor, is part of moves by the state governmemt to fight against human trafficking in Delta state.
Mrakpor, who is chairman of the committee, said it is worrisome and disturbing for fellow Nigerians to persuade parents to send their children abroad on the pretense of better life but with the ulterior motive of converting them to slaves on arrival in the unknown land.
Mrakpor, who was flanked by commissioner for information, Charles Aniagwu, at the conference room of the ministry of information, explained that the arrested persons are in custody of NAPTIP, adding that about eight local government areas in the state are trouble spots for the illegal trade.
Mrakpor explained that the trade has brought untold pains and torture to youths who waved aside the warnings, thinking that there was better life abroad than Nigeria.
The attorney general insisted that there is no better life in any part of the world than Nigeria, noting that if one could raise N1.5million to travel into crisis and suffering, such amount of money could help a person raise a big business that could catapult one to limelight in Nigeria.
“There is nothing you need in Nigeria that you cannot get. But the mentality that life is better abroad than Nigeria is a wrong one. The statistics we are having shows that these persons have penetrated Delta state and they are convincing young boys and girls and even parents to travel abroad.
“A lot of persons have been taken abroad on the pretense that they are sending them to school or looking for greener pasture, at the end of the day, they end up becoming slaves.
“So, there is a call for everyone to report anybody trying to convince anyone in such manner to the nearest police station or any government official. Anybody seen persuading people to travel abroad should be reported to the nearest police station.
“We want to appeal to parents to know that the man or woman who is approaching you, your son or your daughter that there is a better life in the United Kingdom, United States or Malaysia, that person is deceiving you.
“It is unfortunate that parents do not do proper investigation and know the background of people who come to ask for their children to be taken abroad. The taskforce set up by the state government will ensure this evil is brought to a stop.”
To this end, the taskforce will be holding a rally against the trade in the state to sensitise the people of Delta state that human trafficking is an illicit trade and must not be encouraged by anyone.
Barrister Mrakpor said the committee will storm the streets of Asaba on Thursday at 9.am beginning from Interbau roundabout through to Oshimili south arcade where the taskforce will speak to Deltans on the evil of human trafficking.
He called on Deltans to come out en-masse and support the call for an end to the illegal trade in Delta state.