By: Patrick Ochoga, Benin City
Edo State Task Force on Anti-Human Trafficking yesterday appealed to men of the Edo State Police Command for synergy in ensuring that prosecution is secured for arrested human traffickers.
The anti-human agency made the appeal on the heels of an interception along the Benin-Auchi road of a Benin based commercial transport bus conveying six persons to be trafficked to Libya.
The Task Force Chairman and Edo State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Mrs Yinka Omoregie, stated this at a stakeholders meeting with officers of the Edo State Police Command said such collaboration with security agency will curb the trend.
Represented by a member of the Committee, Comrade Solomon Okoduwa, reiterated that the committee would not relent in raising awareness on the dangers of illegal human trafficking.
He stressed that with the cooperation of security agencies in securing the prosecution of traffickers will no doubt serve as a deterrent to others but also discourage the menace in the state.
According to Okoduwa “We must work hand in hand with all to curb the trend and that is why we are here today. Our brothers here just returned from Libya and Niger Republic few days ago. The reason we are doing this is to bring to the fore the danger and pains involved in taking the illegal route,” he advised.
On his part, the Commissioner of Police, Haliru Gwandu, represented by the Deputy Commissioner of Police, Peter Okoh, appealed to the youths not to allow themselves to be trafficked in search for greener pasture.
“ It is also important for the people to know that there is no gain in allowing one self to be trafficked to other clime. However, as security agency we are determine to work with any group in ensuring that traffickers are arrested and prosecuted according to the laws of the land.
A representative of the Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Development, Mr Edward Osigbemhe, Director, Child Development in the Ministry also disclosed that the Ministry had been playing a fundamental role in engaging some of this returnees through practical skills acquisition and training.