No fewer than 20 victims of human trafficking were rescued in Ekiti in 2017 ,saturday PUNCH has learnt .
The Osun Zonal Commander of the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons , Ganiyu Aganran, stated this during a courtesy visit to the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency in Ado – Ekiti.
The command oversees Ekiti, Ondo and Kwara states .
Giving reasons for the visit , Aganran said collaboration between law enforcement agencies and stakeholders was crucial to the work of NAPTIP .
He said , “ Trafficking is not only a crime against humanity but also against the Nigerian government. Whenever people come across trafficking , child labour and sexual exploitation victims , they can call on us.
“ We want to build synergy among other stakeholders since we are working for the same interest. We are investigating some cases while others are already in court . ”
Aganran disclosed that five persons were arrested for human trafficking in Ekiti in the period under review .
He added, “ We achieved this through surveillance and information sharing among law enforcement agencies .
“ Ekiti is not an endemic state , South – West states are not endemic but that is not to say that it is not taking place there . ”