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Plan International laments rising cases of girls trafficking in Nigeria as it inaugurates report

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Plan International laments rising cases of girls trafficking in Nigeria as it inaugurates report

Non-profit organisation, Plan International has expressed worry over the rising human trafficking in Nigeria especially among adolescent girls.

Speaking at the launch of a report titled “The Trafficking of Girls and Young Women in Nigeria,” the acting Country Director of the organisation, Dr Orji Ogbureke said “Nigeria remains a source, transit and destination country” for human trafficking.

Human trafficking is a form of modern-day slavery involving the illegal trade of people for exploitation or commercial gains. Estimates released by Global Slavery Index in July 2018 indicates there are 40.3 million victims of modern slavery worldwide 71% of whom are women and girls and 25% of which are children.

Dr Ogbureke said “the images in the news on lives lost on the Mediterranean seas, horrendous stories of crime against humanity in Libya, horrific details of experiences and deaths of young people crossing the deserts and most dehumanising stories of sex slaves across Europe, Asia and the Americas are evidences of the need to act now.”

He also noted that some 98 per cent of trafficked persons in Nigeria were within the country while only two percent is trafficked outside of the country.

According to the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) of 2016. Thus, he said: “Apart from the trans Saharan trafficking to Europe, most of trafficking are done within Nigeria.

He said “Moving young girls from village to cities with mouth-watering offers of job only to be used as sex slave is nothing but trafficking.

“About 99 per cent of girls trafficked is for sexual exploitation. Others are for trade and labour.”

The Plan International Nigeria’s acting Country Director called for more effort from the government and all stakeholders to tackle the evil of illegal migration and trafficking to the barest minimum.

The launch report was extracted from a research report “The trafficking of girls and young women: evidence for prevention and assistance.”

The overall research presents original data collected by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) on the trafficking of girls and young women up to the age of 24 in Nigeria, Nepal and Uganda.

Giving further insight into the report, the Policy, Research and Influencing Manager, Tunde Aremu said the launch of the Nigeria part of the report was with a view to having a conversation that will contribute to the elimination of human trafficking especially girls.

“A little over a week ago, we launched our Girls Get Equal campaign and a new five-year strategy paper in Abuja. Today’s launch is a follow up on that as part of our commitment to transform power relations in favour of girls in Nigeria.

The report reveals that 51 percent of girls trafficked in Nigeria are younger than 24 years and 84 per cent are trafficked for purpose of sexual exploitation.

“The figures are rising which is quite worrisome. Boys and girls are trafficked and 94 percent of trafficked persons are girls,” Aremu said.

He said addressing inequality in the country will drastically reduce vulnerability to trafficking adding that “more than anyone else, the government plays a central role in addressing these challenges.”

He said apart from the fact that crisis leads to vulnerability of young people especially girls e.g. north east crisis, it also provides an excuse by individuals who ordinarily are not directly affected by such crisis. Example is a case of an individual in say Edo state blaming the insurgency in the north east as the reason of wanting to migrate and subsequently trafficked.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the event was attended by government officials, adolescent girls, civil society organisations.

The occasion also featured a panel discussion while the panellists called for more public awareness, more funding for relevant agencies by government and extra effort by non-governmental organisations for effective tracking of human trafficking including rehabilitation of survivors.

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MBF shocked over Buhari’s failure to address Nigerians 48hrs after murder of protesters

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MBF shocked over Buhari’s failure to address Nigerians 48hrs after murder of protesters 

The Middle Belt Forum (MBF) has expressed dismay that more than 48 hours after the unprovoked murder of protesters, President Muhammadu Buhari is yet to address Nigerians.This was contained in a statement that was issued by National President of the Forum Dr. Pogu Bitrus.Bitrus said it is sad that the youth who were shot were not criminals but patriotic citizens marching against the brutality of the nation’s police
He said the police for long horrified victims and citizens and made Nigeria the shame of the international community.Bitrus said evwn though the youth were proudly holding the national flag and reciting the national anthem when they were brutally shot at.He said inspite of all thePresident has remain aloof not finding it appropriate to address the nation.This he said is a clear sign that Nigerian President is obviously devoid of wise counsel on the bloody turnout of the #EndSARS protests that have claimed scores of lives across the country.  He said there was shooting of scores of #EndSARS protesters in various states, especially Lagos, Imo, Delta, Plateau and Abuja, among others.That he said has shown how the nonviolent marches have snowballed into mindless killings of protesters, paving way for a trail of bloodshed in a supposedly peaceful exercise. “Tuesday’s shootings of protesters who were holding the Nigerian flags  at the Lekki Toll Gate in Lagos, and the attendant destruction of private and public property, have thrown thick clouds of uncertainties over our nation’s skies, thereby unleashing ominous signs on our country. “Arising from these bloody protests made possible by gory confrontations between the #EndSARS demonstrators and hoodlums, the leadership of the Middle Belt Forum (MBF) totally condemns the vicious violence that rocked the foundations of our dear country.He said all were happening amidst allegation of deployment of soldiers that has so far been denied by the top army command.”As the umbrella organisation representing ethnic nationalities in the defunct Northern region, the MBF is grimly at pains over these coldblooded murders and violation of citizens’ rights to hold rallies against police brutality and demanding for a better country for all. 
“In a democratic nation like ours, these nonviolent demonstrators ought to have been given protection by the state in order to forestall a possible hijack of these peaceful rallies by hired hoodlums. “Considering the rising spate of bloody confrontations with alleged thugs that were hired to introduce violence in the #EndSARS protests so as to tarnish the peaceful dispositions of demonstrators, we call on President Buhari to intervene and stop further killings of these youths.
He said the youths were simply exercising their fundamental rights.
MBFalso drew the attention of the world to the cruelty of the police and demanding for a better country where the system works for citizens. Considering also the sequence of destruction and killings of citizens, including destruction of private and public property in various parts of the country, the Forum advise President Buhari to quickly address the nation and make clear-cut commitments, with timelines, towards addressing the demands of the youth. It is only enough that in times of grave crisis that we are presently passing through, only the President, who is the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Nigeria, should be seen leading from the front.    The forum appeal to President Buhari to immediately set up an independent judicial panel of enquiry to unearth circumstances under which the killings were perpetrated with the intention of bringing to book all those responsible for the unprovoked murders. 
The Forum also pleadd with the President to make public the outcome of the panel’s investigation and ensure that those found guilty are punished so as to serve as deterrents to others. “Justice can only be fully served when the Federal Government compensates families of victims who lost their lives in the course of these peaceful protests. “It would only serve the purpose of justice for the government to settle all bills accrued by protesters still receiving medical attention in various private and public hospitals.” The Forum condoled with victims and family members of slain demonstrators whose blood represents the supreme sacrifice they have paid for the future of our Nigeria. 

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#ENDSARS: Women Affairs minister begs mothers to call their children off the streets

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#ENDSARS: Women Affairs minister begs mothers to call their children off the streets

By Doris Ferdinand

The Minister of women affairs, Dame Pauline Tallen has appealed to mothers to call their children off the streets as she urged the youths to sheath their swords and give government a chance to address their demands.

This was contained in a press statement she personally signed.
In the statement, she expressed concern over the hijack of #Endsars protest by hoodlums with different intents.

She said: “As a mother, I am heart broken and I weep bitterly at the way innocent and young souls whose dream is to bring about justice in our land are sent to their early graves.

“I want to appeal to our teeming youths, men and women, to please sheath their swords and give Government time to address the issues.
“When things are not right, the citizens take to the streets. When the Citizens take to the Streets, the Government is bound to listen. This Government has listened and has heard your voices.”

She also appealed for calmness as she called for prayers for the nation.

“Mothers of the Nation, cradle nurturers, life givers, pain soothers, this period calls for calm, caution and prayers. Let us jointly arise to pray for our children and our great country Nigeria.

“As women, let us call our children off the streets as the situation is no longer safe. The pain and tears  of a mother no one knows nor feels the gravity, but only a Mother who has given life to that child.”

Tallen thanked the youths, for their statements and noted that it is a rebirth of a new order in Nigeria with the them at the front burner of affairs.
She however appealed for restraint to enable the government take appropriate decisions that could be used collectively or selectively in resolving the issues raised.

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IPAC cautions on deployment of Military against peaceful protesters

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IPAC cautions on deployment of Military against peaceful protesters

**condemns infiltration by criminal elements

The Acting President of the Inter Party Advisory Council of Nigeria, Chief Ralph Okey Nwosu,
has urged Federal Government to reverse its decision to deploy the military during the pendency of the peaceful protest being carried out by Nigerians across the federation.
This was contained in a press statement that he personally signed and was made availlable to the Guardian.
He said, “We want to state categorically that the Nigerian Police and not  the military, remains the rightful agency saddled with the responsibility of attending to Nigerians during such legal protests.
“The Inter Party Advisory Council of Nigeria is deeply concerned over the activities of hoodlums who continue  to infiltrate the peaceful protests with the aim of undermining its very essence and causing harm to the Nigerian society.”
He called on the Inspector General of Police to remain vigilant and focused on the roles of officers and men deployed to provide protection for Nigerians,  as they exercise their rights during the protests.

“More than ever before, the services of the Nigerian military are needed now in the north eastern part of the Country and should be so deployed to tackle the menace of Boko haram and ISWAP terrorists ravaging the northern Nigeria.

“We maintain that Nigerians have a constitutionally guaranteed right to freely assemble and express themselves and such inalienable rights must be protected by law enforcement agencies.

“We expect Nigerian governments at all levels to, as a matter of urgency, look into the demands of Nigerians,  which remain the subject matter of the lawful protests, and provide immediate solutions thereto.”
He said, the political parties are agencies of the Nigerian society and elected persons remain agents and servants of the people hence all political players must respect the collective will of  the people.

“Nigeria remains the very light on the African continent and must be seen as such through the entrenchment of best democratic practices.”

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