Gov. Ishaku vows to prosecute child traffickers


Gov. Darius Ishaku of Taraba

By Gabriel Yough

Governor Darius Ishaku has directed the Task Force Team on Human Trafficking and Smuggling of Migrants to commence immediate prosecution of those found culpable in trafficking children.

Ishaku gave the directive on Thursday, at a sensitization program against Trafficking in Persons and Smuggling of Migrants.

Represented by Mr. Anthony Jellason, Secretary to the State Government, the governor said that his earlier constitution and inauguration of the task force teams was his eminent response to the menace.

While commending the funders and other partners in the advocacy, the governor assured the civil society groups that his administration would do everything possible in eradicating the menace.

Earlier, Dr. Anna Ishaku, Wife of the Governor, expressed concern about the massive trafficking of children into slavery.

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The first lady, who was represented by Mrs. Bridget Twar, Commissioner for Social Development, said that the Cameroon-Nigerian border had served as a trafficking route of persons and children from neighboring local government areas.

She recalled that 72 children were recently intercepted by a trafficker in the state.

She thanked the partners for heeding to her yearnings and stepped up an awareness campaign against such an ugly occurrence.

Also speaking, Mr. Abdulganiyu Abubakar, National President of NACTAL, said that they were in Taraba to assist in ensuring that the menace was eradicated.

Abubakar commended the Taraba Government for supporting the awareness campaign.


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