LAGOS – The South-West Zone of National Agency for the Prohibition of Traffic in Persons and other Related Matters (NAPTIP) says it rescued 72 victims between January and March, 2014.
Its Commander, Mr Joseph Famakin, disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos on Sunday.
He said that 62 of the victims were women, while 10 were young boys.
The zonal office comprise Lagos, Ogun, Oyo, Ondo, Osun and Ekiti.
Famakin said that five persons arrested for human trafficking were convicted within the same period, explaining that three were convicted in Lagos and two in Oshogbo.
He said that 59 cases were recorded within the period and that five cases were charged to court at the same time.
The commander said that 52 cases were in high courts in the six states before 2014.
He also said that all the entry and exit routes in the zone had been adequately covered by his men in collaboration with other security agencies.
Famakin said that the agency wanted to ensure that no Nigerians were smuggled out of the country or foreigners brought in for trafficking. (NAN)