The authorities of Kano Zonal office of the National Agency for the Prohibition of Traffic in Persons and Other Related Matters, (NAPTIP) yesterday in Kano revealed that they have discovered about 300 illegal routes in Katsina, used by human traffickers to ferry out their victims out of the country.
NAPTIP’s Kano Zonal Commander, Hajiya Khadija Bello said over 50 percent of the victims from the southern parts of the country were brought to Katsina, from where they were sneaked out of the Nigeria to various neighbouring countries.
According to her, about 1,800 victims have been rescued and rehabilitated while 40 persons have been convicted for various human trafficking and child abuse offences in recent times.
Hajiya Bello who spoke through her Public Relations Officer, Malam Aliyu Abba Kalli stated that the agency would not relent in its effort to combat human trafficking and other related offenses in the country
She identified lack of manpower and logistics as parts of their major challenges, called on concerted effort of individuals to compliment the anti-human trafficking agency’s efforts.
Meanwhile, the North West Zonal coordinator of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Musa Ilallah has reiterated the need for better emergency response skills among stakeholders in disaster management in the country.
Ilallah stated this during the opening ceremony of a two-day Training Programme on Modern Day Techniques to further educate the Officers and men of the Nigerian civil defense corps in Kano.
Also speaking at the event, Zonal Coordinator of NEMA North-West, Aliyu Shehu Kafindangi said better emergency response drastically reduce the loss of lives and property during emergency situations.
In his own comment, the Commandant of the Nigeria Civil Defense Corps, Kano state Command, Ahmed Alhassan
Muazu noted that the programme will further equip officers and men of the Command on rapid response skills.