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ICMPD Extends Medical Outreach to 100 Female Victims of Trafficking 

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ICMPD Extends Medical Outreach to 100 Female Victims of Trafficking 

The International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD) says it extended free medical outreach to 100 victims of human trafficking to enable them live healthily and achieve their dreams.

The Head of Region of ICMPD for West Africa, Dr. Mojisola Sodeinde, said this at a Joint Capacity Building of Shelter Operators and Service Providers with Medical Outreach for 100 Human Trafficking Victims between Nigeria and Niger.

Sodeinde, who was represented by the Programme Assistant of ICMPD, Adeniyi Bakre, said they also trained no fewer than 60 women on protection of referral mechanisms for trafficking human beings. 

She explained that 100 trafficking victims were able to enjoy the free medical outreach to enable them remain healthy to achieve their desires.

She said that the caregivers were trained on how to help the victims to maintain their dignity and rights to avoid being traumatised.

“The training is to ensure that the caregivers care for the victims better and allow them live a fulfilled life.

“The activities are implemented under the framework of the project: “Strengthening Niger-Nigeria Cooperation on Countering Trafficking in Human Beings” funded by the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

“The activities were implemented by International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD), the Nigerian National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP), and its counterpart, the Nigerian National Agency for the Fight Against Trafficking in Persons and Illicit Trafficking of Migrants (ANLTP/TIM).

“ In May 2022, at the 5th in the series of the Joint Technical Working Group (JTWG) Meeting held in Lagos between the two countries, the protection and repatriation subcommittee developed a Harmonised Joint
Standard Operating Procedures.

“It was referred to as Bilateral Referral Mechanism (BRM) for Protection and Assistance to Trafficked Persons Between Niger and Nigeria,” she said.

She said that they had signed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) and BRM between the two countries to address problems and challenges including Sexual Transmitted infections (STIs), HIV/AIDS and Pelvic
Inflammatory Disease.

She explained that other problems to be addressed included hepatitis, tuberculosis, skin infections, communicable disease; mental and psychosocial as well as health problems including nightmares, insomnia, suicidal tendencies, alcoholism, drug abuse, and addiction.

She commended the Netherlands for providing them with money to enable them get the drugs and other materials needed for the actualisation of the programme.

The ICMPD is an international organisation founded in 1993, currently with 18 European Member States and active in more than 90 countries worldwide.

ICMPD takes a regional approach in its work to create efficient cooperation and partnerships along migration routes.

Priority regions include Africa, Central and South Asia, Europe, and the Middle East. The ICMPD Headquarters is located in Vienna.

In her contributions, the Zonal Commander, National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP), Lagos Zone, Mrs. Comfort Agboko, commended the  Netherlands Government for supporting the 100 Nigerian victims of trafficking with medical outreach and many gifts.

Agboko thanked the ICMPD for implementing the support by engaging no fewer than 60  caregivers at a two-day enlightenment and education workshop.

“We had over 100 human trafficking victims sheltered by  NAPTIP and some NGOs in Lagos who came to benefit from the free medical outreach.

“There were five doctors from Nigeria Medical Association (NMA) who examined them before giving them drugs according to their illness,” Agboko said.

The Chairman, Nigeria Medical Association (NMA), Lagos, Mr Benjamin Olowojebutu, said that NAPTIP had invited them to attend to victims of trafficking adding that they had been able to help many victims to remain healthy.

“Some of the victims we attended to are having mental stress, physical stress, emotional stress and health issues which we have come to help them to alleviate.

“There is an integration  of health  which is  commendable to bring back the victims.

“We have seen some ladies and children that are having medical issues and we have been able to solve them with the help of different medical experts such as psychiatrists, gynecologists and pharmacists,” Olowojebutu said.

He called for the need to pay attention to women adding that many of the victims had health issues of infection resulting from bad toilet habits and lack of personal hygiene.

Olowojebutu urged NAPTIP to continue the collaboration to ensure improvement in standard operating procedure of repatriation for victims to avoid mental stress.

Responding, Victim A, said she was rescued from sexual harassment adding that she was having emotional stress and appreciated ICMPD for the free drugs and counseling.

Victim B, appreciated NAPTIP and ICMPD, saying she was a domestic servant at Iyana-Ipaja but had to run away due to constant maltreatment by her boss.

She said that NAPTIP rescued and sent her to school and now, she was in SS3 about to write her WAEC.

Victim C, who traveled to Mali through human trafficking for one month and some weeks, was rescued with the help of NAPTIP.

She thanked all the organisers and the doctors who gave them medical attention.

She said she was also happy that they were given many gifts with the support of ICMPD. 

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Amotekun Recovers Ak-47 Rifles, Ammunition hidden in Oyo Forest

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Amotekun Recovers Ak-47 Rifles, Ammunition hidden in Oyo Forest

 The Oyo State wing of the Southwest Security Network (Amotekun Corps) has recovered AK-47 rifles, military camouflage and other items hidden in a forest in the state by suspected kidnappers.

Commandant of the corps in Oyo State, retired Col. Olayinka Olayanju, told newsmen in Ibadan on Monday that the corps recovered four AK-47 rifles, four magazines and 50 rounds of 7.62mm live ammunition.

Also recovered were wraps of Indian hemp, raincoats, two Nigerian Army caps, and a beret.

He said the items were recovered while operatives of the corps were combing forests following rising cases of kidnap on the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.

“Last weekend, efforts of our men were rewarded when the arms and ammunition were found in one of the forests following a tip-off that some gunmen sighted in the area.

“The security network’s agents are still present in the forest to possibly apprehend the criminal elements,’’ he said.

In his remarks, Special Adviser to Gov. Seyi Makinde on Security Matters, retired Commissioner of Police, Mr. Fatai Owoseni, said the governor had directed security personnel in the state to take proactive steps to stop abductions in the state.

Owoseni said collaboration with local hunters and vigilantes assisted greatly in recent successes recorded by the Amotekun corps in the state.

He assured that the state government would provide the equipment needed for the smooth operation of the corps to enhance their performance.

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Motor Park Attacks: Osun Police Recover 5 guns, Arrest 10 Suspects

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 The Osun Police Command on Monday said it had arrested 10 suspects over the attacks across some motor parks in the state on the premise of the forceful takeover of the parks.

SP Yemisi Opalola, the Command’s Spokesperson, in a statement, said five guns, nine live and four expended cartridges and five cutlasses were recovered from the suspects.

“This is to inform the general public that the Osun State Police Command is aware and frowns at the crises that erupted within the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) in the state in the early hours of today (Monday).

The Commissioner of Police, the Area Commanders, Divisional Police Officers, and other stakeholders had met with the NURTW executive, members and other stake holders to avert the crisis and forceful take-over of the parks in the state.

“All consented to maintain peace, but it was a surprise to learn about the attacks by NURTW members in several parts of the state with attendant destruction of offices and injury to some persons and police personnel.

“The CP, Faleye Olaleye, swiftly charged the Area Commanders, Divisional Police Officers and Tactical Commanders to ensure the situation is brought under control and arrest culprits.

“Consequently, the Police operatives tactical operation led to the arrest of 10 suspects and recovery of one Barretta pistol, two Pump Action guns, two Barrel guns, nine live and four expended cartridges, five cutlasses and charms,” she said

She said the CP was, however, assuring the public that the command was fully on top of the situation as mobile, conventional, tactical and patrol teams had been deployed to curtail the crises.

The CP also advised members of the public to go about their lawful businesses without fear of insecurity or attacks.

He warned that anyone found culpable in the unwarranted violence and attacks would face the full wrath of the law.

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LASTMA apprehends 2 suspected ‘one chance’ robbers; Troops neutralize 4 Kaduna Bandits

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LASTMA apprehends 2 suspected ‘one chance’ robbers; Troops neutralize 4 Kaduna Bandits

Operatives of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) have arrested two suspected ‘one chance’ armed robbers in Ikate, Lekki-Ajah area of Lagos.

The General Manager of LASTMA Mr. Bolaji Oreagba, said this through the Director, Public Affairs of the authority, Mr. Taofiq Adebayo, in Lagos on Sunday.

 Oreagba disclosed that the suspects were nabbed by the patrol team of the Agency while on duty monitoring and controlling traffic around Lekki-Ajah axis of the State.

 “Our officials heard passengers with loud voice shouting, thieves! thieves!! while on patrol team, in an unpainted commercial bus.

“While trying to stop the driver, he drove dangerously and our men pursued them with LASTMA patrol vehicle down to Ikate where they were blocked by another pathfinder car belonging to a good Samaritan”.

“Two suspects were arrested while the remaining two suspects escaped with the P.O.S. they used to withdraw passengers’ money inside the T4 commercial bus.

“The two arrested suspects with the recovered unpainted T4 commercial bus were later handed over to R.R.S personnel who were on pin-down at Chisco, along Lekki- Ajah”.

“They were all later moved down to Ilasan Police Station for further investigations,” Oreagba said.

The General Manager advised Lagos residents to always ensure they board buses at designated garages adding that they should be vigilant, especially when boarding public vehicles.

One of the rescued passengers Mr. Christophe Omukoro is quoted as saying that he boarded the unpainted commercial bus from Alfa-Beach going to Ikate.

He disclosed that they were four with P.O.S machine collecting passengers’ ATM cards and withdrawing money from individual accounts.

Omukoro confirmed that passengers started shouting thieves! thieves!! thieves!!! after they had collected their phones with other valuables from them.

In another development, the troops of Operation Forest Sanity have neutralized four bandits during clearance operations in identified bandits’ hideouts around Tsohon Gayan, Chikun Local Government Area of Kaduna State.

The Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Mr. Samuel Aruwan confirmed the development in a statement on Sunday in Kaduna.

“The troops made contact and pursued the fleeing bandits, two bandits were neutralized during the engagement while credible human intelligence sources revealed that two others died from gunshot wounds.

“Credible sources in the general area reported that two of the four neutralized bandits have been identified as Dogo Mallam and Bello Mallam.”

According to him, the troops recovered one AK47 rifle, one magazine with 22 rounds of ammunition and a motorcycle.

The commissioner said Gov. Nasir El-Rufai praised the troops for their resilience and courage.

He assured that the clearance operations will continue in the general area and other locations.

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