Musdapha Ilo, Maiduguri
The National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, northeast zonal office says it is ready to partner with National Agency for Prohibition of Traffic in Persons and other Related Matters, NAPTIP, and other stakeholders in disaster management and mitigation to assist victims of human trafficking.
NEMA’s Northeast zonal coordinator, Mohammed Kanar would, said the agency will continue to give necessary support to victims of emergency situation and disaster within its area of jurisdiction.
Earlier, the Borno state coordinator of NAPTIP, Shehu Umar who led a team to the NEMA office, explained that his visit was to open ways of partnering with the agency to deal with challenges faced by rescued persons and victims of human trafficking.
Umar said that his organisation is responsible for the arrest of traffickers and the conduct of investigations, as well as counselling of victims as well as to undertake research and give orientation on the danger of human trafficking.
He said, so far, Borno State has recorded 76 cases of human trafficking in the last three years and recorded six convictions within the same period.
“For the past three years, we have received 76 cases of human trafficking and we’ve been able to secure six conviction and rescued 178 persons in three year. We empowered 68 who are mostly persons women and children,” he said.