EFCC to go after human traffickers — Magu

Ibrahim Magu
Acting EFCC Chairman, Ibrahim Magu

The acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu, has expressed the commission’s resolve to go after human traffickers.

Mr. Magu said this when a delegation from the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) visited him in Abuja.

The spokesman of the commission, Wilson Uwujaren, who reported the visit in a statement, said the NAPTIP delegation was led by its Director-General, Julie Okah-Donli.

Mr. Magu said the anti-graft agency had jurisdiction over human trafficking, which he said, was an offshoot of corruption.

“We are prepared to go after human traffickers, because we strongly believe that it is an aspect of corruption, and corruption is the greatest enemy of Nigeria.

“Corruption is the reason why young Nigerians are risking their lives walking through the Mediterranean up to Spain and other European countries in search of greener pasture.

“It is a very sad situation, and we must change the trend by ensuring that we join hands to fight corruption, as this is the only solution to the ills militating against our country’s development,” he said.

While calling for NAPTIP’s partnership in the fight against corruption, Mr. Magu assured Mrs. Okah-Donli of the EFCC’s support in combating the increasing cases of “organ harvesting” involving Nigerians.

“EFCC has an enormous task in the fight against corruption, and NAPTIP is also a stakeholder in the fight, so we also need your assistance and collaboration,” he said.

Mrs. Okah-Donli, who said the visit was part of the agency’s familiarisation efforts, used the opportunity to highlight NAPTIP’s strides in combating human trafficking in the country.

According to her, the agency has busted a number of criminal activities, recorded 331 convictions since 2004, with various other ongoing cases at advance stages in courts.

She added that NAPTIP had rescued many trafficked youths who were being rehabilitated and given a new lease of life.

Mrs. Okah-Donli said: “organ trafficking, which is now becoming a big business, is another form of human trafficking”.

She said many youth were being lured into it and they become afraid to come out to tell their stories.

The DG requested for assistance of the EFCC in confiscating assets of traffickers, and also in the area of training and developing its own academy.

(NAN)


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  • Chuma Anierobi

    EFCC must mind the job it was created for and leave our police to do their job.

  • thusspokez

    Mr. Magu said the anti-graft agency had jurisdiction over human trafficking, which he said, was an offshoot of corruption.

    Not true! Mr. Magu should consult his corporate (constitution) lawyers to enlighten him.

    The ‘Trafficking in Persons’ Law Enforcement came into being in 2003,whereas the EFCC was created in 2004. Now, the creators of the EFCC would have moved human trafficking enforcement from the Nigerian police to the EFFCC if that was their intention, but that was not the case.

    The two words “economic” and “financial” crimes is almost in every paragraph of the EFCC Act. Mr. Magu should decease from trying to rewrite the law, and instead concentrate on getting successful prosecution of crooks like Saraki.

  • thusspokez

    “We are prepared to go after human traffickers, because we strongly believe that it is an aspect of corruption, and corruption is the greatest enemy of Nigeria.

    Corruption is a generic word. Defecating in the streets could be seem as an “aspect of corruption”. Granted, would street and bush defecation now be under the jurisdiction of the EFFCC?

  • JasV

    Beginning of the end for EFCC. Loss of focus

  • wasborn Tseki

    Shut the f##k up Magu.
    Your’e full of Rhetoric.
    #FakeOlopa

  • GusO

    Magu should leave human traffickers alone and focus on corruption which has so many tentacles. For Christ’s sake, our numerous Federal police should be able to go after human traffickers, if it was not riddled with corruption.

  • Fadama

    What is Magu smoking?