…One Victim Rescued
By Ruth Tene Natsa, Abuja
A suspected human trafficker (name withheld) is now in the custody of the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP).
The suspected Trafficker was arrested at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos while attempting to facilitate the trafficking of a potential victim of trafficking in persons (PVOT) out of the country.
In a statement to Leadership by the Agency’s Head of Press and Public Relations,Josiah Emerole said the PVOT who is in her early twenties and hails from Edo State was however, rescued and is being counselled by officials of the Agency
The statement revealed that the arrest and rescue were done during a joint random profiling operations carried out at the MMIA between Wednesday and Thursday by NAPTIP-Joint Border Task Force (NAPTIP-JBTF) operatives, mentors and the United Kingdom border Police.
“The operations lasted over 7 hours on the 2 days and targeted Airlines including Emirate heading to Dubai, Turkish Air heading to Istanbul, Egypt Air heading to Cairo; Ethiopian Airline heading to Addis Ababa; Qatar Ailine heading to Doha; Rwand Air heading to Kigali and another Emirate Air heading to Dubai.
The statement revealed that during the operation, passengers were randomly profiled on the floor of the departure hall at the check-in counters. It was in one of such checks that the PVOT was intercepted on the Emirate Airline counter checking in to travel to Dubai while the suspect facilitating her movement was arrested
While the suspect is presently answering question from NAPTIP investigators at its facility in Lagos, the victim has been sent to the shelter for adequate care.
Responding to the operation, NAPTUP DG,Julie Okah-Donli commended the operatives of the JBTF.
She however, urged all international flight operators to imbibe all good practices in the fight against human traffickers and also promised to engage all Airline and tour operators to discuss their operations.