By Simon Ebegbulem
BENIN—GOVERNOR Godwin Obaseki of Edo State has disclosed plans by the state government to set up a special court that will try human traffickers, saying the activities of the perpetrators had become an embarrassment to the state.
He stated this while inaugurating the state Anti-Human Trafficking Task Force, which, according to him, will proffer a new set of home-grown solutions to the age-long social problem.
Regretting that the state was fast becoming synonymous with human trafficking, hence urgent steps were needed to be taken to address the ugly situation, Obaseki said the measures will complement the efforts of the Federal Government through the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking In Persons, NAPTIP, and other international organisations involved in the fight against human trafficking.
According to him, “it has been suggested that a special court be established in the state to prosecute perpetrators and I think we will go that way. We are losing our young people to this negative trend and we must make human trafficking a thing of the past in the state.”
He charged the task force made up of representatives of security agencies, non-governmental organisations, NAPTIP, ministries, departments and agencies of government, religious and traditional institutions, to come up with modalities on how to domesticate the Federal Government’s law on trafficking in the state.
In her remarks, Chairman of the task force and the state Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Prof. Yinka Omorogbe, commended the governor for the initiative, saying it will bring an end to the problem.