Edo Governor Combats Human Trafficking, Signs Anti-human Trafficking Law
Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo has directed the task force on Human Trafficking and Illegal Migration to put an end to cases of human trafficking in the state on or before 2020.
In order to ensure that this direction comes to pass, the governor has signed the anti-human trafficking law.
This information was revealed by Mr Solomon Okoduwa, the Senior Special Adviser to the Governor on human trafficking and illegal migration, in Benin today as gathered by NIGERIA NEWS.
Okoduwa disclosed that the governor has further asked the task forces to ensure that cases of human trafficking in the state are reduced to 50 percent by December.
Information gathered by NIGERIA NEWS also revealed that the task force was constituted by the governor in 2015.
Speaking on behalf of the governor who endorsed the anti-human trafficking law in Abuja last week, Okoduwa said the signing of the law would pass a strong message to those involved in the illicit act.
In his words: “it is no longer business as usual.” “It is a warning that the traffickers and the management of traffickers, when caught, would be made to face the music according to the dictate of the law.”
“We will see that the law works and work to the later. The governor has made it abundantly clear that there will be no mercy to whoever is caught going against the law.”
“This law will also strengthen the task force to adequately deal with the menace of human trafficking.’’
Speaking further, he said: “To me, the mandate is clear and it is achievable as we remain on course towards the realization.”
He recalls the effort of the Benin monarch on the issue of human trafficking which has eaten deep into the state.
In his words, “The Oba has condemned it by publicly placing a curse on traffickers in the state, while the government also condemned it in the strong term by setting up a task force against the menace.”