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The National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP), has disclosed that no fewer than 41 individuals who had been trafficked were rescued in the year 2023, and 18 suspected traffickers were arrested in Anambra State.
Anthony Okafor who is the Public Relations Officer of the agency in the state, revealed this information during an interview with journalists in Awka on Saturday.
Throughout the year, a total of 25 cases of human trafficking were reported to NAPTIP. Among these cases, seven are currently undergoing prosecution, while 17 others remain under investigation. Although no convictions were obtained for suspects on trial in 2023.
Okafor urged citizens to promptly report any suspicious activities to NAPTIP, emphasizing that the agency will take appropriate action.
Okafor said: “We encourage the public to always report cases of human trafficking to NAPTIP, and such cases will be handled professionally while the offenders are diligently prosecuted.
“What we expect from the citizenry is a prompt reporting of cases when they happen, in line with the slogan that says when you see something, you say something.”
In another report, some yet-to-be-identified persons suspected to be Gunmen have burnt the palace of Igwe Emmanuel Nnabuife, the traditional ruler of Isseke Community in Ihiala Local Government Area of Anambra State.
The Eastern Updates recalls that this is coming days after a former convoy driver to late Gov Chinwoke Mbadinuju was allegedly kidnapped by gunmen after performing the funeral of his brother at the same Isseke community.
The gunmen allegedly attacked the former driver’s home at night and opened fire, saying they were upset because he had not settled them before burying his brother. They abducted him and left him there.
Confirming the incident, Igwe Emmanuel Nnabuife said that his house was burnt by the gunmen.