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News+: FG working hard to bring back girls in Lebanon – NAPTIP

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Director-General of the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP), Julie Okah-Donli, on Saturday said the Federal Government is working hard to evacuate some 30 girls featured in a viral video from Lebanon.

In the viral video, the ladies were clustered in a room, seated in a tight circle, their backs against the wall. Some stood and one of them could be seen fanning herself.

They all wore face masks or covered their faces as a voice boomed in the background. “Good morning our government,” the voice started. “Please, we are pleading with you, we are stranded . . . we want to come home.”

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Okah-Donli, in two separate interviews on Saturday, said the girls are part of 150 persons already processed for evacuation by the Nigerian embassy in Lebanon.

“About 150 of them have been captured, including the girls in the video, for evacuation,” Okah-Donli said.

But the cost of chartering a flight amid coronavirus-induced lock-downs across the world “is not cheap,” the NAPTIP chief added.

“When these ones are airlifted, another batch will cry for help,” she said. “The Federal Government can not fund this alone.”

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Okah-Donli said she will meet with the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Sadiya Umar Farouq on Monday and work with State Governments to help facilitate the evacuation of the ladies.

Lebanon is mired in its worst economic crisis in decades, with the downturn sparking soaring inflation and plunging almost half the country’s population into poverty.

However many Nigerians are being trafficked into the country with the promise of good, well-paid jobs.

In a later interview with Media TV (known to Noble Reporters Media), Okah-Donli noted that the Federal Government has already taken steps to ensure the girls’ well-being.

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“Where they are staying now, the Nigerian embassy in Lebanon put them there, at least kept them in a safe space,” she said.

“They are not just folding their hands and playing; they are working hard with the Nigerian government here and the relevant partners to bring them back; and we will bring them back, just as we’ve been bringing girls back from all over the world.

A composite of screengrabs created on August 1, 2020, from the viral videos of Nigerians in Lebanon calling for help.

“A few weeks ago, we had a planeload of girls coming from Lebanon. So this is not a one-off exercise; it’s a gradual work in progress because we have about 5,000 of them there in Lebanon alone; and we are talking about more in Oman, Dubai, Mali, all over the place.

“It’s not a cheap exercise; it’s a very expensive exercise and the federal government is doing all it can to bring them back.”


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About 5,000 stranded in Lebanon – NAPTIP

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About 5,000 Nigerians are stranded in Lebanon, the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) confirmed to Channels Television on Saturday.

The agency’s Director-General, Julie Okah-Donli said this while confirming a viral video of stranded Nigerian ladies in Lebanon calling out to the government and eminent Nigerians to help evacuate them from the Middle-East country.

Lebanon is mired in its worst economic crisis in decades, with the downturn sparking soaring inflation and plunging almost half the country’s population into poverty.

However many Nigerians are being trafficked into the country with the promise of good, well-paid jobs.

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“About 150 of them have been captured, including the girls in the video, for evacuation,” Okah-Donli said.

But the cost of chartering a flight amid coronavirus-induced lock-downs across the world “is not cheap,” the NAPTIP chief added.

“When these ones are airlifted, another batch will cry for help,” she said. “The Federal Government can not fund this alone.”

Okah-Donli said she will meet with the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Sadiya Umar Farouq on Monday and work with State Governments to help facilitate the evacuation of the ladies.


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Lady nabbed after luring siblings into prostitution

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A 28-year-old lady identified as, Vivian Francis, has been arrested in Edo state after luring her three siblings into prostitution.

Vivian Francis was arrested by the Edo State Command of the National Agency for the Prohibition of Traffic in Persons and other related matters NAPTIP.

She was arraigned for luring her three siblings from Cross River State to Benin city for prostitution.

According to a statement released by Mrs Ijeoma Uduak, the zonal commander of NAPTIP, Vivian lured the victims, aged 15, 17 and 18, to Benin city on the pretext that she would help them secure jobs.

She was arrested at a popular hotel during the COVID-19 lockdown and has confessed to the crime which is punishable under Section 13 of the NAPTIP Act.

Uduak said Vivian has been arraigned before Justice Isoken Erameh of the State High Court 3, Criminal Division, where she pleaded guilty and was sentenced to one-year imprisonment or an option of N125,000 fine as a first time offender.

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“We clamped down on the convict during the COVID-19 lockdown at a popular hotel in Benin. She confessed to going to Cross River State to bring the three girls, who were aged 15, 17, and 18. She told them that she had secured pub attendant jobs for them, but when they got to Benin, she started using them for prostitution and collecting the proceeds.

She was arrested and charged for violating Section 13 of the NAPTIP Act. She pleaded guilty and was convicted and sentenced to one-year imprisonment with an option of N125,000 fine.” the statement read

Uduak added that the victims had been reunited with their family in Cross River State.

When interrogated, Vivian said she regrets her actions.


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NAPTIP begs for continued ‘Whistleblowing’


The National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) has urged Nigerians to report cases of rape within their vicinity to the agency or the nearest police station.

Mrs Julie Okah-Donli, the Director General of the Agency, made the call in an interview known to Noble Reporters Media, following the rising cases of rape in the country.

The DG said both old and present cases should be reported to the Agency.

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According to her, reporting the case of rape is the only way the trend can be stopped in the society.

She added that the agency will not compromise its work for anything if such cases are reported.

“Rapists are now getting away with their illicit acts along with murder; these cases of domestic servitude are cases that take place behind closed doors.

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“Our job in NAPTIP is to protect Nigerian men and women, we are not going to compromise our work if they report such a case, we will ensure justice is done.

“Rape cases are not reported because of stigmatisation of the victims and this makes the cases to rise. Very soon, the name of rapists will be published with their pictures in the media,” she said.

Okah-Donli however, appealed to the media to assist in creating more awareness about this trend to put the perpetrators on alert.


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Human trafficker arrested by NAPTIP


The National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) has arrested a Lebanese over his alleged involvement in the trafficking of young Nigerian girls to Lebanon for sex slavery.

NAPTIP arrested the suspect, following the revelation made by Omolola Ajayi in a viral video which was shared while she was in captivity.

It is expected that NAPTIP will hold a press conference on Tuesday February 4, where more details about the arrest will be provided alongside that of a baby sale deal which was foiled by officials of the agency.

The agency said in its statement;

“The Commander, NAPTIP Lagos, Daniel Atokolo will be on hand to speak to the facts of the case at the press conference. The conference will also feature a moderated question and answer session with the Commander and the suspected trafficker.”


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NAPTIP: Heartless woman who lure homeless girls into prostitution arrested.

…lied to the girls that she was keeping the money for them.

A 32-year-old mother of two identified simply as Busola has been arrested by operatives of the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP), for allegedly luring homeless girls from churches into prostitution.

The suspect who goes to churches with claims of providing accommodation for the homeless, convinces the churches to allow the girls stay with her before allegedly initiating them into prostitution.

Busola was accused of sending out the girls to different brothels in Lagos and also collecting the money they made from sleeping with men. The suspect was busted after a NAPTIP decoy team was deployed to Oshodi area of Lagos state after receiving information about her activities.

NAPTIP’s state Zonal Head, Mr. Daniel Atokolo who confirmed the arrest said;

“She lied to the girls that she was keeping the money for them. After we were done with our underground investigation, we arrested her. She was arrested in her house and there were four girls in her apartment.

“The suspect goes to churches to tell pastors that she wanted to help some of the girls having accommodation problems. It is because these pastors believed in her and were deceived by the way she presented herself that they attended to her.

“Some of these pastors had no reason to doubt her. Unknown to them, she was using the girls for prostitution. One of the girls rescued in her apartment is an underage. What the suspect is doing is modern slavery. Aside from the four girls we found in her apartment, she still has others working for her. There was even a time the suspect forced one of the girls to have sex with her boyfriend.”

Confessing to the sad act, Busola said she was introduced into prostitution by a friend whose name she gave as Kabirat. She further disclosed that she took the decision of becoming a commercial sex worker after her husband travelled to Malaysia, abandoning her and their two children and remarrying in the Asian country.

Busola said;

“I was arrested on December 12. It was when I got to NAPTIP’s office that I knew my offence. It was true I took the girls from churches. Two of the girls were already into prostitution before they came to stay with me. I didn’t collect their money from them.”

On how she forced one of the girls identified as Abigail into prostitution, the mother of two said;

“I met her when I was working in a restaurant. After I left there, we departed but she later located and begged me that her aunt had sent her away from home. She said that she had nowhere to sleep, that was why I accommodated her. She promised to return to her village in Ekiti State. But after a while, she refused to return to her village. While we were still on the issue, I met Abigail, the girl from the church. I got to know her when I went for seclusion in a Celestial Church. The owner of the church sent her away for disrespecting her. When I was through with my prayer, there was a woman in the area where the church was located called Iya-Anu. She begged me that I should allow Abigail to stay with me. I eventually allowed her.

“It is true I beat Abigail and forced her to have sex with my boyfriend. On the fateful day, I was sleeping in the room with Abigail when my boyfriend came. He said he wanted to make love to me, I told him it wouldn’t be possible because I was menstruating. Abigail was with me in the room when my boyfriend came. I told my boyfriend that I wouldn’t be able to do what he asked. He then said that if I couldn’t do it, I should allow my sister to do it. When I called Abigail for him, I didn’t know what he discussed with her. What I later saw with Abigail was money, which I believed was from my boyfriend. While their discussion was going on, I had earlier left the room for them. It is also true that I’m a prostitute. I went into it in order to take care of my two children after their father abandoned us. I have tried several businesses, but none worked.”

Busola also disclosed that she took up a job at a restaurant as her herbs business was not giving her enough money.

She said;

“It was while I was working in the restaurant that I met a woman who took me to a party. It was at the party that I met Kabirat. Kabirat told me to quit working at the restaurant and go with her to Ajah. She said that I would make cool money without stress. That was how I quit the restaurant job and went to Ajah.

“When I got to Ajah, I didn’t like the place she asked me to start hustling. We later left the place and went to Obalende, where we stand by roadside, waiting for men to call us. My colleagues wear skimpy dress, but I only wear trousers, because I was not happy doing that sort of work.

“I always think of my children sleeping at home alone. I was also tutored on how to handle customers and the various prices to charge them. The charges for short time are different from full night and the guy must wear a condom. After working a while at Obalende, I took ill. I stopped the prostitution work and went back to selling herbs. After I got better, I returned to Obalende to continue with prostitution.”

Atokolo disclosed that the suspect will be charged to court after investigation has been concluded.

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Lagos woman arrested after beating and FORCING maid to eat FAECES.

National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP), Lagos Zonal Command, has arrested mother for allegedly compelling their 13-year-old maid to eat faeces.

The woman’s son was also arrested for allegedly sexually abusing the girl.

According to NAPTIP, the two suspects were arrested at the Okota area of the state for child abuse. The mother and son allegedly continually abused the house help.

NAPTIP alleged that while the mother meted out different forms of untold abuses ranging from beating to forcing her to eat faeces, the son on the other hand molested the girl sexually.

Preliminary investigations have commenced in earnest, according to the Zonal Commander, Daniel Atokolo.

He said: “I want to assure members of the public that the suspects will be dully prosecuted to send signals to others that think that house helps are lesser human beings.”

In another development, NAPTIP and the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), in a joint operation, have arrested a man, Patrick aka DJ Max, for allegedly using young girls for commercial sex work.

The joint operation was carried out on December 16. According to NAPTIP, the suspect has been on the agency’s wanted list for long. He is also alleged to be on the wanted list of the police and anti-narcotic agency.

Patrick was arrested in one of his hideout hotels at Okota area of Lagos while his victim was rescued.

It was learnt that NAPTIP received intelligence report about the hideout and quickly moved in with a team of NSCDC officers, who provided arm cover for NAPTIP operatives.

The suspect made attempt to scale the fence but only stopped at the risk of death. It was further alleged that Patrick specialised in using young girls for commercial sex work thereby exploiting them.

He is currently in NAPTIP custody while investigation into the case is ongoing.

The victim had been admitted into the shelter for counselling and rehabilitation process.

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Former Minister Of Education Says ‘Human Trafficking In Nigeria Is Calling For Alarm.’

A former Minister of Education in Nigeria, Professor Chinyere Obaji, has raised the alarm over high rate of trafficking in persons in Nigeria, noting many Nigerians are trafficked daily in the country.

She rang the alarm bell in Abeokuta at the opening of a three day training programme for 74 teachers selected from Colleges of Education across the southwest, on the infusion of TIP issues into the Minimum Standards for Nigeria Certificate of Education.

The training of trainers programme was organised by the International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD) in collaboration with the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP).

Obaji, who is also a Consultant to ICMPD, explained that issues of human trafficking in Nigeria had become a serious social menace which required drastic solution.

She, however, declared that the best way to curb the menace is through education, hence the need to train the teachers in partnership with NAPTIP.

Her words: “We’re here because of a very serious matter; trafficking in persons. It’s a global issue but unfortunately for us, Nigerians are also being trafficked and most of the people being trafficked, their organs are harvested and for the girls, they become sex objects to people that are not of their choice.

“Luckily for us in Nigeria, the International Centre For Migration Policy Development which is funded by the EU and have Nigerians working in this organisation felt worried about the issues of trafficking in persons. And they also felt that the best way to curb the menace is through education, so they worked with NAPTIP and the National Commission for Colleges of Education, to work out a methodology on how TIP issues will be integrated into the minimum standards of NCE”.

The Acting Director, Planning, Research and Statistics, NCCE, Mchviga Abelega, said the Commission had been collaborating with the ICMPD to mainstream teaching Trafficking in Persons issues into their minimum standard curriculum.

He disclosed that no fewer than 178 teachers from 21 federal, 48 state and the remaining from private colleges of education would eventually be trained throughout the country.

The Senior Project Manager, ICPMD West Africa Office, Mojisola Sodeinde, noted “this programme is our response to the request that we got from NAPTIP, to help develop a curriculum to use in our schools to raise awareness on human trafficking”.

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Nigerians reacted as first sexual offenders register is launched in Nigeria, See how Busola Dakolo reacted..

The Nigerian Sexual Offenders Register was launched today, November 25, 2019, and Nigerians have hailed this move as a step in the right direction.

The National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) launched the sex offenders register to curb sexual violence in Nigeria. They chose today, which marks the beginning of the 16 Days of Activism Against Violence Against Women, to launch the register.

To clamp down on sexual abuse, NAPTIP set up a database of those convicted for sexual violence. Record will be available online to help the public, agencies & police.

With this register, victims can now report an incident and also go through the names of those convicted. The register has a search feature which enables individuals and organisations to access information on the identity and location of arraigned sexual offenders.

The sexual offender register will contain the names of anyone prosecuted for sexual violence in the country since 2015.

A number of Nigerians took to various social media platforms to react to this.

Busola Dakolo, who accused COZA pastor Biodun Fatoyinbo of rape, also reacted writing: “Today, marks the beginning of the 16 days of Activism against Violence Against Women and is also the day when National Sexual Offenders Register is being launched by NAPTIP with the support of the European Union.”

Busola Dakolo, other Nigerians react as the first national Sexual Offenders Register is launched in Nigeria

Busola Dakolo, other Nigerians react as the first national Sexual Offenders Register is launched in Nigeria

Busola Dakolo, other Nigerians react as the first national Sexual Offenders Register is launched in Nigeria

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