Hundreds March Against Human Trafficking in Abuja

Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory was agog on Monday as hundreds of people marched against human trafficking.

The march brought staff of the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) from across 23 states of the country to Abuja which was aimed at s sensitizing members of the public on the dangers of human trafficking.

The officials of NAPTIP were joined by stakeholders which involved staff of International Organisation on Migration (IOM), United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC),among others in the Walk.

According to a statement by the spokesman of NAPTIP, Vincent Adekoye, the Walk was part of activities to commemorate the celebration of the 20th Anniversary of the agency and the 2023 World Day Against Human Trafficking

The group walked through some major streets in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory, taking off from the Old Parade Ground and terminating at the Unity Fountain, Central Business District.

The Walk was led by the Director General, Prof Fatima Waziri – Azi, in company of Representatives of the Development Partners, members of the Civil Society Organisations, Representatives of sister Law Enforcement Agencies, Directors of the Agency, Zonal and State Commanders of NAPTIP and other stakeholders.

Speaking at the end of the Walk, the Director General, Prof. Fatima Waziri – Azi, said the exercise was a deliberate action to create sufficient awareness on the issues of human trafficking and other related crimes in order to change the narrative and equip Nigerian with adequate information and increase their resistance to the antics of human traffickers.

She commended partners and other participants who could make it to the termination point, adding that such effort should be put in place to oust human traffickers from the Country.

In his remarks, the UN Resident Coordinator in Nigeria, Matthias Schmale represented by the Deputy Country Representative of the UNODC, Mr. Danilo Capisi , said “The theme of this year’s World Day Against Human Trafficking is: “Reach every victim of trafficking-leave no one behind.”

He added that: “This is an apt theme because the central promise of the 2030 Agenda and its SDGs is to leave no one behind. We are now halfway to the 2030 deadline, and that promise is in peril. Urgent action is required to get the SDGs back on track. The strength of our relationship with the Government is evidenced by the collaboration between NAPTIP and UN agencies including UNODC, IOM, UNHCR, and ILO.”

There was also a goodwill message from the National President of the Network Against Child Trafficking, Abuse and Labour (NACTAL), Mr. Abdulganiyu Abubakar.

The peak of the celebration was a parade by the members of the State Task Forces Against Human Trafficking led by the Commanders and other CSOs.

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