Human trafficking investigation: NAPTIP deploys ‘crack team’ of investigators, makes progress

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PREMIUM TIMES had detailed the dealing of a human trafficking syndicate in an investigative report.

To facilitate its investigation into the dealing of a human trafficking syndicate exposed by PREMIUM TIMES, the National Agency for the Prohibition of Traffic in Persons and Other Related Matters, NAPTIP, said it has deployed a ‘crack team of intelligence and investigation officers’ to apprehend the syndicate.

The spokesperson of the anti-trafficking agency, Arinze Oraukwe, in a statement on Wednesday, quoted the Executive Secretary of the agency, Beatrice Jedy-Agba, as saying she has ‘deployed a crack team of intelligence and investigation officers on the case to speak with the reporter in a secure location and search out actionable leads to follow through in our investigation.”

Mrs. Jedy-Agba said NAPTIP will do everything to break down the web and bring all the operators of the syndicate to justice. She also expressed concern for the safety of Tobore Ovuorie, the reporter who did the investigations.

“The reporter’s safety is our concern also and we will evaluate threat levels and risk assessment to determine if there was immediate need for surveillance around the victim” Mrs. Jedy-Agba said.

Ms. Ovuorie had gone under-cover to expose the trafficking syndicate. Her findings revealed shocking details into the dealings of a dangerous human trafficking mafia that is also involved in ritual murder. The report shocked Nigerians and the world and sprung reverberating calls for deeper investigation into the syndicate’s activities.

NAPTIP said it is already making progress in its investigations.

“We have identified the Local Government mentioned in the report and will work with them to check activities of traffickers in these locations,” the agencies spokesperson said.

The agency said further that “the incidence as reported does not present a lost case in the battle against human trafficking, noting that the dynamics of crime in every society is determined by so many factors and elements which law enforcement officers can only deal with as it happens.”

NAPTIP also promised not to waste time in its investigation so as not to jeopardise law enforcement efforts.

 

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