By Khadija Aliyu
The northwest zonal commander of the National Agency for the prohibition of traffic in persons (NAPTIP), Barrister Abdullahi Babale said the agency had rescued about 1,000 people from January 2021 to date.
Barrister Abdullahi Babale disclosed while declaring open a two-day sensitization and advocacy programme on child molestation and trafficking organized by NAPTIP in collaboration with members representing Dawakin Kudu/Warawa federal constituency, Alhaji Mustapha Bala Dawaki.
According to the zonal commander, the northwest zonal office of the command which comprises Kano, Kaduna, Katsina, Jigawa, and Bauchi is working tirelessly to curtail internal and external trafficking in persons.
Barrister Babale reiterated NAPTIP’S readiness to partner with relevant stakeholders in bringing an end to the menace and charged participants to make judicious use of the knowledge gained.
He described the sensitization as apt due to the high number of human trafficking cases received by the agency in the last few months.
Presenting a paper titled ‘Overview of Human Trafficking in Kano state’ head of public enlightenment NAPTIP Kano zonal command, Malam Aliyu Abba, attributed poverty and illiteracy as some of the major catalysts to child trafficking.
He pointed out that the agency had secured 21 convictions on different cases related to child molestation and trafficking.
Earlier speaking, a member representing Dawakin Kudu/Warawa federal constituency Alhaji Mustapha Bala Dawaki, said 2,500 people were sensitized to the effects of child labour last year
The member who was represented by Alhaji Tasi’u Yusuf cautioned parents and guardians against giving out underage children to unknown persons or engaging them in street hawking and begging among others.
Some of the participants who spoke to Radio Nigeria, Yarima Alhassan from Warawa, and Zainab Adamu Hassan from Dawakin Kudu local government area expressed their satisfaction with the conduct of the sensitization and promised to educate others who were not part of the training.
100 participants drawn from Dawakin Kudu and Warawa local government areas were rigorously enlightened on the dangers of child molestation and trafficking as well ways of reporting suspected persons to relevant authorities.