BY LEKE ADEGBITE
Eighty three persons have been rescued from trafficking 1n Ondo state in the last three years while three suspected traffickers are currently being prosecuted at various courts in the state.
The Director General of NAPTIP, Dame Julie Okah-Donli stated this in her address at a training for members of the task force on human trafficking in Ondo and Ekiti States held in Akure.
Mrs Okah-donli Said Ondo State Was Strategic In The Fight Against Trafficking Hence The Plan By NAPTIP To Establish A State Command In Akure.
The Director General Said The Taskforce Had Been Set Up In Fourteen States Of The Federation With The Support Of The United Nations Office On Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and International Organization for Migration (IOM).
She said plans were in progress to create same task force in the remaining states in Nigeria.
The Solicitor General of Ondo State, Mr Cyril Akinrinsola,who spoke on behalf of the state government said the government would continue to work with NAPTIP in the fight against human trafficking.
Akinrinsola noted that NAPTIP was a child of necessity to complement efforts of relevant security agencies.
Also speaking, Representative of United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), Mr Oliver Stolpe commended NAPTIP for the creation of the task force in fighting human trafficking in the country.
Earlier While Hosting The NAPTIP Director General In His Office In Akure, Governor Akeredolu Emphasized The Need To Reorientate The Youths In The Country On The Value Of Human Dignity And Pride.
The Governor commended naptip for its achievements so far, urging it to do more in rescuing youths from traffickers.