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


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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  • Son of God

    Oh dear… Vain glory all around..

  • Kunle Olulana

    But the story only mentioned Agege, Ota, & Abeokuta. It didn’t mention any local govt, so which one is NAPTIP investigating? As for the safety of your reporter, who is looking for her when you know the story is what it is: a story– it didn’t happen. Besides, you used her pix the first time knowing quite well that nothing real happened and so there’s no danger in the horizon. So, you have only scurried her away so as to prevent her from buckling under pressure of questionings by your readers. And the report only shocked Nigerians because it was a fabrication that sought to trivialize the criminal act of human trafficking.

    • Jumoke Akinola

      The ghost surfaced again. I though you guys will keep shut . But not when you are ruled by devious designs. “Kunle Olulana” you would have made more sense if you and the people behind you provided factual rebuttal of the story. And by the way I do know the low to which Nigerian education has fallen.So you may need some refresher course in English Language. And since you have backers and sponsors, please consult them on this. Story in the language of journalism is not synonymous with “story” in the language of literature which one of your backers does very well given that he calls himself a “literary critic”-whatever that means! So for more education can you please consult this sponsor of yours please? That will cure your illiteracy. I am very blunt here because your evil design and soul are incurable. The best way to help you is to give it back to you and throw it on your face. You may bring it along. Some of us who are near victims of this story will stand up to the pettiness from your end and the end of your hideous but clearly visible sponsors.

    • Bodum

      Ikhide and his gang of bandits and destroyers. It’s apparent that Ikhide has undiagnosed mental illness. And shame to the silly people following and listening to him on Facebook.