The Sokoto State Government is committed to ending human trafficking in the state, Governor Ahmed Aliyu has assured.
Aliyu gave the assurance while receiving members of the coalition of civil societies who undertook a procession against human trafficking by the state.
Commander of the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons and other Related offences (NAPTIP), Abubakar Tabra led the procession on Mondays.
The procession was in commemoration of this year’s World Day Against Human Trafficking.
Represented by his deputy, Engineer Idris Gobir, the Governor said Islam and the Nigerian constitution abhor human trafficking, “because human trafficking is another way of enslaving a fellow human being which is against our religion.
“It also negates the personal liberty guaranteed in our constitution. This government is committed to stop the menace. We will do everything possible to either stop it completely or minimize it significantly,” he assured.
Aliyu further expressed readiness to collaborate with the NAPTIP and civil societies to stop traffickers from using the state either as a transit or destination for victims of trafficking.
Earlier, the Commander said they marched to the government house to seek the support of the government in curtailing the menace of human trafficking in the state and the country at large.
Rabi’u Bello Ghandi of the Save the Child Initiative, said the state has been used by traffickers as a source, transit and destination, adding that other nationals were being trafficked to Sokoto just the way the indigenes were being taken to other states and countries to search for greener pastures.