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Over The Past Two Decades, 21,000 Victims Subjected To Trafficking Rescued- NAPTIP

By Abimbola Kintum

The Director General of National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP), Prof. Fatima Waziri-Azi says the Agency has rescued and received 21,181 victims of human trafficking in 20 years.

She made this disclosure when she appeared before the Senate Committee on Social Duties for the defence of the 2024 budget.

She said the agency would endeavor to assist victims as long as they needed to be supported, noting that the process required time and a lot of money.

She explained that NAPTIP provides legal, medical support, rehabilitation and reintegration support to victims.

Waziri-Azi stated that in 2022, “NAPTIP rescued and received 2, 748 victims, which was 1,274 more victims that were rescued in 2022.”

She added, “From January to November 2023, we have already rescued and received 2,200 victims.

“Our shelter in Lagos has so far received the highest number of victims, followed by Katsina because of the borders, Kano and FCT shelters.”

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