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Human trafficking is corruption – Magu

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The acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu, has expressed the Commission’s desire to tackle human trafficking.

He said the anti-graft agency is ready to go after human traffickers, stressing that such inhumanity against fellow humans is a result of corruption.

“We are prepared to go after human traffickers because we strongly believe that it is an aspect of corruption, and corruption is the greatest enemy of Nigeria,” Magu said.

Magu disclosed this while receiving Dame Julie Okah-Donli, Director General, National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) who led a delegation from the Agency to the EFCC Headquarters, Abuja.

Let’s do it together

Magu used the opportunity to reiterate the need for a collective effort in the fight against corruption.

Dame Julie Okah-Donli, Director General, National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) and EFCC acting chairman, Ibrahim Magu.

According to him, “corruption is the reason why young Nigerians are risking their lives walking through the Mediterranean up to Spain and other European countries in search of greener pasture”.

“It is a very sad situation, and we must change the trend by ensuring that we join hands to fight corruption, as this is the only solution to the ills militating against our country’s development,” he said.

While calling for NAPTIP’s partnership in the fight against corruption, Magu also gave full assurance to Okah-Donli, of the EFCC’s support in combating the increasing cases of “organ harvesting” involving Nigerians.

A crime against humanity and God

while describing the visit as part of the agency’s familiarization efforts, Okah-Donli used the opportunity to highlight NAPTIP’s strides in combating human trafficking in the country.

According to her, the agency has busted a number of criminal activities, recorded 331 convictions since 2004, with various other ongoing cases at advanced stages in courts, and rescued many trafficked youths who are being rehabilitated and given a new lease of life.

“Human trafficking is a very terrible crime against humanity and against God,” she said.