FG EXTENDS WHISTLE-BLOWING TO HUMAN TRAFFICKING

Efforts to check the surge in human trafficking in the country have received a boost as the Federal Government has approved the use of the whistle blowing policy in the fight against the menace.

The approval was conveyed to the Director-General of the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP), Julie Okah-Donli by the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami.

The approval, Head, Press and Public Relations of NAPTIP, Vincent Adekoye, said in a statement yesterday, was sequel to a request made by the DG to the Federal Government to extend the policy to issues of human trafficking.

This, according to him, is to encourage people to report cases of trafficking in persons and provide information on assets of traffickers to NAPTIP without fear of reprisal.
He said: “The inclusion of human trafficking cases into the whistle blowing policy has remained one of the cardinal plans of Okah-Donli since she assumed office late April 2017 and it was based on the knowledge that many cases of human trafficking have not been tackled because those who were aware of such incidents never reported to NAPTIP and other relevant agencies.

“In a letter dated 7th August, 2017 and addressed to the Director-General of NAPTIP, the Director (Solicitors Department), Z. S. Adevanju, conveyed the approval on behalf of the Hon. Attorney-General and Minister of Justice. He stated that the approval was given based on the fact that the request by NAPTIP for the inclusion of human trafficking cases in the whistle blowing policy of the present administration was not in conflict with any extant law.”

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