Benue Govt Repatriates 19 Minors Trafficked To Lagos

A photo showing the map of Benue, a state in North-Central Nigeria.

 

The Benue State Government in collaboration with two non-governmental organisations has repatriated 19 minors trafficked from Ushongo and Vandekya Local Government Areas of the state to Lagos for child labour.

The Commissioner for Women Affairs, Tabitha Gigi, received the victims on Sunday, as well as one of the traffickers arrested by the police from the Anti-Human Trafficking Unit of the Force CID Alagbun Lagos state.

According to her, the partnership with NGOs on issues of rights abuses is yielding results as three other traffickers were arrested in Ushongo local government area on Saturday.

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The Commissioner commended the NGOs – Eunice Spring of Life Foundation and the Break the Silence Initiative for mobilizing both human and financial support to investigate and track down the perpetrators leading to their arrest and the rescue of the 19 victims from Lagos state.

She also called for more synergy with the local government areas for increased surveillance on the activities of traffickers.

Ogun Police Rescue Another Child In Chains

Police-Militants-LagosThe Ogun State Police Command says it has rescued a 10-year-old girl, Promise Ude, who was chained by her aunt for stealing 4,000 Naira at Adigbe area of Abeokuta, the state capital.

The rescue is coming barely a week after nine-year-old Korede Taiwo, who was chained by his pastor father, was rescued by security operatives in Ajibawo area of Ogun State.

The acting Police Public Relations Officer, Mr Abimbola Oyeyemi, disclosed that a middle aged man has been arrested in connection with the crime while another woman in connection with the incident is on the run.

Mr Oyeyemi promised that those involved in the evil act would be brought to book.

He asked for quality information that could lead to the arrest of the fleeing woman said to have perpetrated the act.

Ogun Govt. Adopts Chained Boy, Korede Taiwo

Korede Taiwo, Ogun StateOgun State government has adopted a nine-year-old boy, Korede Taiwo, who was chained by his pastor father for an alleged stealing habit.

The state government also promised to take care of the young boy’s educational needs among others.

The disclosure was made on Tuesday by the Ogun State Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Modupe Mujota.

She spoke while the wife of the Governor, Mrs Olufunso Amosun and other members of the State Executive Council paid a visit to the boy.

The Commissioner for Justice, Olumide Ayeni, also said that the government has commenced a legal process to bring to justice, all actors in the case of Korede Taiwo so as to serve as a deterrent to others.

Korede is being treated for child abuse and chronic malnutrition at the Federal Medical Centre, Idi Aba in Abeokuta, the state capital in southwest Nigeria.

He is said to be in good condition and responding to treatment.

Mr Francis Taiwo, Korede’s father had confirmed to Channels Television that he actually chained his son, saying his action was borne out of his desire to rid the boy of his ‘stealing spirit’.

He said that he felt the young boy was possessed and after consulting with some spiritualists, he was advised to chain the boy to rid him of the evil spirit.

Child Abuse: Police Arrest Father Of Chained Child

child abuse, chained boy, Celestial ChurchThe Police in Ogun State have arrested a 40-year old man, Francis Taiwo for chaining his son, Korede for over a month at a Celestial Church in Ajibawo, Otta Local Government Area of the state.

Mr Taiwo, who claims to be an ordained pastor, was arrested a day after his son was rescued by a team of security operatives in the state.

Mr Taiwo confirmed to Channels Television that he actually chained his son. He said that his action was borne out of his desire to rid the boy of his ‘stealing spirit’.

He said that he felt the young boy was possessed and after consulting with some spiritualists, he was advised to chain the boy to rid him of the evil spirit.

The Police Public Relations Officer in Ogun State, Muyiwa Adejobi, says the suspect will be charged to court once investigations are concluded.

The case is expected to be transferred to the Anti Human trafficking and Child Labour Unit of the Command.

Niger Govt. Restates Commitment To Child Rights Protection

Child Rights The Niger State Governor, Abubakar Sani Bello has reiterated the commitment of his administration to the promotion and protection of the rights of every citizen especially the children.

Governor Bello gave the assurance at the 1 2 3 parade ground in Minna to mark the 2016 Children’s Day celebration.

He said that it was the primary responsibility as enshrined in the 1999 constitution of Nigeria and Child Right Act 2007 to protect and promote the rights of the children.

He warned parents and wards against violence against children which comes in many forms and usually causes physical and emotional harm to the growth and development of the child.

The Governor, represented by his deputy, Ahmed Ketso, directed the state’s Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development to liaise with other relevant agencies to work out modalities so as to fight the scourge of child abuse, abduction and child labour in the state.

The Commissioner of Women Affairs and Social Development, Mrs Rose Sani, reminded the parents of their responsibilities towards the protection of the rights of the children.

She said that it is the duty of the parents to ensure that children are cared for, protected, free from fear so as to grow in peace.

Mrs Abara urged the children to rededicate themselves to be responsible citizens by respecting their parents, teachers, elders and constituted authorities.

She advised children to shun acts of violence, drugs and other forms of social vices just as they imbibe the spirit of hard work, honesty, patriotism and patience at all times.

Children’s Day: Gov. Udom Goes Tough On Child Abuse

children's day, Gov. Udom, child abuseAs Children in Akwa Ibom State join others across Nigeria to celebrate Children’s day, Akwa Ibom State Governor, Udom Emmanuel, has vowed to ensure the prosecution of any individual that sexually molests any child in the state.

Governor Emmanuel gave the warning in Uyo on Friday while addressing thousands of children at the Uyo Township Stadium during an event to mark the day.

Describing education as the key to a great future, Governor Emmanuel gave the assurance that his administration would continue to implement the ongoing free and compulsory education policy and other child friendly policies initiated by the immediate past administration in the state.

He restated his administration’s commitment to policies and programmes that encourage the welfare of children.

The State Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Welfare, Dr. Glory Edet, said that the event was a clarion call on individuals and governments at all levels to initiate and support policies that promote the welfare and protection of children.

She spoke against child marriage and other vices against children.

The event featured match past and cultural displays by the children.

Children’s Day: Buhari Promises Better Future For Nigerian Children

Children's Day, Muhammadu Buhari,As Nigeria marks Children’s Day, the President has affirmed his commitment to fulfilling his electoral promises to Nigerians.

The re-assurance is contained in the President’s personal message to Nigerian children on the commemoration of this year’s Children’s Day.

President Muhammadu Buhari said that his administration has already taken some steps toward securing the future of the children, insisting that it is the right of every Nigerian child to have access to quality and affordable education, as well as healthcare and other basic necessities for a good life, in a peaceful and secure environment.

The President noted that it is a thing of joy that on this year’s Children’s Day, the nation can celebrate the safe return of one of the Chibok girls, Amina Ali Nkeki and many other abducted women and children who have been freed from the clutches of Boko Haram.

“We will also sustain and strengthen ongoing actions to protect children more effectively from violence, child-labour, child-trafficking, forced marriages and other related offences.

“In return, I urge you all to imbibe and exhibit in greater measure, the virtues of hard work, diligence, discipline, honesty, prudence, selflessness and patriotism which are essential for the actualisation of our vision of a truly great nation.”

The President says the world now looks up to Nigeria as an exemplary model of democratic ideals after the smooth transition that brought the current administration to power.

Children’s Day is recognized on various dates in many places around the world to honour children globally. In Nigeria the 2016 theme is entitled, “Protect the Rights of the Child In The Face Of Violence and Insecurity: End Child Marriage”

Amnesty International Accuses Tech Firms Of Child Labour

amnestyTech firms like Apple, Samsung and Sony, among others, have failed to ensure that minerals used in their products are not mined by children.

That is according to a report released by human rights group Amnesty International.

In a report into cobalt mining in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the group found children as young as seven working in dangerous conditions.

“Millions of people enjoy the benefits of new technologies but rarely ask how they are made. It is high time the big brands took some responsibility for the mining of the raw materials that make their lucrative products,” Business and Human Rights Researcher at Amnesty International, Mark Dummett said.

“The glamorous shop displays and marketing of state of the art technologies are a stark contrast to the children carrying bags of rocks, and miners in narrow manmade tunnels risking permanent lung damage,” he added.

Cobalt is a vital component of lithium-ion batteries.

The firms have however denied the accusations saying that they have a zero tolerance policy towards child labour.

Amnesty International says miners working in the area face long-term health problems and the risk of fatal accidents

The DRC produces at least 50% of the world’s cobalt.

Child Trafficking: Nigeria Immigration Arrest Benin Republic Man

Child Trafficking The Kwara State Command of the Nigeria Immigration Service has arrested a 26 year old native of Republic of Benin for attempting to give out three girls for house keeping in Nigeria.

Briefing journalists in her office, the State Comptroller of Immigration, Abimbola Ojo, explained that the suspect was apprehended in Ilesha Baruba, the headquarter of Baruten Local Government Area of Kwara State while trying to cross into the Nigerian border with Republic of Benin with the girls.

The suspect, Sunday Yakubu, was said to be taking the girls to Ikoyi near Ogbomosho to work as house maids.

Sunday Yakubu, who spoke in Yoruba, admitted to the crime of child trafficking and blamed poverty for the crime. He added that the girls who are between the ages of ten and 13 are the younger sisters of his wife.

Imo Baby Factory: There Are More In Nigeria – Police Boss

The Imo State Commissioner for Information, Mr Theodore Okwu Ejike Ekechi has described the growing baby factory business as a national phenomenon which Imo State is most likely, just a branch of.

On Channels Television’s programme, ‘Sunrise’, Mr Ekechi said that the revelations gotten from the state own personal interrogation and through the Ministry of Women Affairs and the revelations that have come out from the Police’ own interrogations show very clearly that the business was headquartered in states like Ebonyi, Edo Plateau, Lagos, Rivers, Benue and Abia.

He claimed that the commitment of the Imo State Government to fighting crime in the state was the reason behind the crime being uncovered in the state, stressing that there is also need to emulate the efforts of the Imo State Government at the national level.

The State Assistant Commissioner of Police in charge of Operations, Mr Olatoye Durosimi, who was also on the programme, credited the success of the Police in uncovering the crime to the strategic partners who are both government and non-government actors in the state through its intelligence policies, which Ekechi describe as Police-Government Synergy.

Mentioning roles like the hawks that snatch the babies from their mothers; the hawkers, who take the babies from the hawks to sell, he went on to share some of the discoveries of the Police. He described the criminals mode of operation and the structure of their personnel as a cartel.

The commissioner while describing how the government had used community leaders in its strategies reassured the public of the state and the Police commitment to ensuring that the state was ridded of all such places, which he said were still in existence.

Also part of the panel of analysts was a Human Rights Activist, Laila St Matthew Daniel, who explain the motive behind such crimes and blamed the unfortunate development on poverty and the financial disempowerment of Nigerians.

Referring to a certain Dr. James Ezuma, whom she alleged was hiding behind the cover of running an NGO and a clinic to also commit the crime, she stressed the disconnect between stories told by the victims as a proof that parents of the young girls being used to rear the babies knew about the crime being committed against their children.

She also revealed that many of the babies are also being used for different kinds of rituals.

Education, One Of The Problems Facing African Child– Titi Abubakar

Wfe of the former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar,Mrs Titi Abubakar, has confirmed that the 16th of June has been set aside to mark the ‘Day of the African Child’ to see to the welfare and development of African children in Africa.

The founder of the Women Trafficking and Child Labour Eradication Foundation (WOTCLEF) said that one of the major problems plaguing the African Child is lack of education, saying that the non-education of the African child is what is responsible for their not being informed.

We Are Making Impact, Not Winning War Against Trafficking – NAPTIP

The Executive Secretary of the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons and other Related Matters (NAPTIP), Beatrice Jeddy-Agba has revealed that Nigeria has been regarded as the “source, transit and destination country for various forms of trafficking”.

Ms Agba, who acknowledged that Nigeria has “a huge trafficking problem”,  said some cultural practices in the country have not helped the situation.

Speaking as a guest on Channels Television’s programme, Question Time, Ms Agba said that NAPTIP is making impact in curbing the menace of trafficking, however the agency is not winning the battle yet.

She also speaks about the agency’s effort in ensuring that defaulters of the law get appropriate sentencing the court of law.