8 Human Trafficking Suspects Arrested In Benin
Benin City is one location that most illegal journeys to Europe from Nigeria starts, but the government and relevant agencies are collaborating to end the trend.
After Libya's 21st century slave trade revelation last year, the consciousness of the government and agencies was reawakened and now they are out to stop these human traffickers.
There is now a clampdown on the individuals engaging in this illicit trade in the ancient city of Benin.
Eight suspected traffickers have been arrested by the Benin Zonal Command of the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons.
The traffickers were arrested in the past three months, the Zonal Commander, Mr Nduka Nwanwenne, said on Wednesday.
Victims were also rescued by the agency.
According to Mr Nwanwenne, a total of 138 people were rescued by the agency within the period and 124 of the trafficked people were already reunited with their families.
One thing that persons who kick against human trafficking say is that punishment of culprits would ensure an end to the practice.
So far, 89 cases of trafficking were currently pending in various courts in the zone.
While 34 cases were reported to the agency through petitions, 14 others were received from sister security agencies.
Nwanwenne said that in spite of the renewed and drastic measures put in place by the government and traditional institutions to stop human trafficking, some people were still adamant on doing the business.
He said that the Edo Government had, however, intensified awareness campaigns against human trafficking to stop the business.
Nwanwenne commended the Benin monarch, Oba Ewuare II and his palace on the recent step they had taken against human traffickers.