Bankole Taiwo, Abeokuta
In a bid to further get grassroots support and backing for the fight against human trafficking, the governor of Ogun State, Prince Dapo Abiodun has appointed three traditional rulers as members of a 42-member Task Force Team to prevent human trafficking in the state.
Inaugurating the Task Force Team of the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP), in Abeokuta, Gov. Abiodun, represented by his deputy, Engr. Noimot Salako-Oyede named Oba Olufemi Adewunmi Ogunleye, Towulade of Akinale, Ewekoro local government, Oba Adeyinka Onakade, Alakenne of Ikenne, Ikenne local government and Oba Mojeed Adesegun Rufai Alao, Olowo of Owo, Yewa South local government, as members of the team.
Other members include representatives of youth organizations, various professionals including security specialists across the state while Hon Akingbolahan Adeniran, the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, is the Chairman.
Speaking during the inauguration, Dame Julie Okah-Donli, the Director General of NAPTIP charged members of the Task Force to gird their loins in readiness for battle against the criminals who traffic in humans.
Dame Julie Okah-Donli explained that the human trafficking crime wasn not strange to the state as indigenes of Ogun State take significant percentage of rescued victims.
Earlier, both Ogun State Attorney General, Akingbolahan Adeniran and Commissioner for Women’s Affairs, Hon. Olufunmilayo Efuwape had reeled out the mandate of the NAPTIP and the Ogun State Task Force Team.
Some of the mandates of the Task Force are to coordinate all laws on trafficking in persons, to adopt measures to increase the effectiveness of eradication of trafficking in persons, to adopt witness protection measures and enhance effectiveness of law enforcement agents to suppress traffic in persons, to take charge, supervise, control and coordinate the rehabilitation of trafficked persons as well as to investigate and prosecute traffickers.
Others are to establish proper communication channels, conduct research and work on improving international cooperation in the suppression of traffic in persons, to reinforce and supplement measures in bilateral and multilateral treaties and conventions on traffic in persons, to work in collaboration with other agencies that may ensure elimination and prevention of the root of the problem of traffic in any person and to strengthen cooperation between the Attorney General of the Federation, Nigeria Customs Services, Nigeria Prison Services, Welfare officials and all other agencies in the eradicating of traffic in persons.