By Ajibola Abayomi,
July 25, 2019.
National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP), Lagos Command has arrested a visually impaired 49 years old male suspected trafficker.
He was identified as Pastor Segun Solomon Ogundeyi.
The suspect was arrested on 24th July 2019 by the officers of NAPTIP, Lagos Command at Oke Ago area of Abeokuta, Ogun State where he ran to, in a bid to evade arrest.
Pastor Segun has been on NAPTIP wanted list for trafficking offences bordering on facilitation of fraudulent entry of persons into Niger Republic and at their destination volunteer to return through the EU-IOM assisted voluntary migrant return programme in which retuned migrants are usually assisted with a reintegration package.
The suspect himself as revealed by credible intelligence had returned from Libya after going through Niger Republic and benefited from the IOM reintegration scheme.
Having an idea of the IOM reintegration scheme as a former beneficiary, he went into the illegal business of recruiting and facilitation of persons as families to travel to Niamey, Niger Republic and to seek asylum at their destination in order to benefit from the IOM reintegration package usually given to victims on their return.
The suspect usually collects/receives a share out of the package given to them as his settlement for facilitating the illegal business.
The suspect was arrested through weeks of well coordinated surveillance and intelligence – an exercise the Command initiated immediately upon receiving the report.
The Lagos Commander of NAPTIP – Daniel Atokolo in his reaction to the success of the operation reiterated the Zero tolerance for human traffickers by the Director General of NAPTIP – Dame Julie Okah Donli.
He stressed that the Director General has always maintained that there is no hiding place for traffickers in Nigeria and that offenders must be brought to book.
He equally commended the untiring efforts of the officers and men of the Lagos Command to ensuring the safety of members of the public within the Zonal Command against trafficking.