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Human Trafficking: Edo State Highest Hit In Nigeria – Attorney-General


Prof. Yinka Omorogbe, Edo State Attorney-General and Commissioner for
Justice, has said that Edo has over 50 per cent cases of human
trafficking, making it the highest affected state in Nigeria, Igbere TV
reports.

According to her, a total of 4,943 returnees, made up of
3,329 male, 1,400 female and 214 children were repatraitrated to the
State between 2017 and 2019.

She further disclosed that majority
of those trafficked were from Uhumwode, Orhionmwon and Ikpoba-Okha Local
Government Areas, all in Edo South Senatorial District.

Igbere
TV reports Omorogbe to have said that over N300 million was spent
between 2017 and 2019 to pay stipends and loans​ to indigenes of the
state who were repatriated from Libya.

The Commissioner, who said
some returnees received as much as N700,000 each, added that each of
the returnee also received the sum of N60,000 from the state government
as well as cash from the International Organization of Migration (IOM).

While
commending the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in
Persons (NAPTIP), for adopting the state government towards fighting
irregular migration, Omorogbo disclosed that the agency was currently
handling 12 cases in court, but that nobody had been convicted.

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Last Updated: August 30, 2019

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