The National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) has opened a Zonal command in Osogbo for Ondo, Osun and Ekiti states to reduce pressure on its Lagos state command of the agency.
The official commissioning of its new office in Osogbo by the Osun State Governor, Mr Rauf Aregbesola was witnessed by VIPs, traditional rulers and heads of security agencies in the state.
Aregbesola who was represented by his Special Adviser of Security Matter, Mr Tope Adejumo promised that the state government would collaborate with the agency to minimize human trafficking.
Speaking on the occasion, former governor of Osun State, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola said he was ready to support the agency in its war against human trafficking.
He urged the agency to take the campaign against human trafficking to the grassroots.
A revered traditional ruler in the state, Oba Adedokun Abolarin, the Orangun of Oke-Ila also assured the agency of the support of the traditional institution and the people of Osun State.
With the opening of the Osogbo command, NAPTIP now has 9 Zonal Commands across the country located in strategic cities including in Lagos, Benin, Enugu, Uyo, Kano, Sokoto, Maiduguri and Makurdi.
The Director-General of NAPTIP, Julie Okah-Donli while addressing the gathering said the agency has commenced full operations in the Osogbo Zonal Command and solicited supports of stakeholders and security agencies in the state to assist NAPTIP to achieve its mandate.
The Osogbo Zonal command was carved out from the Lagos Zonal Command to ease the pressure on Lagos and to bring the agency closer to the people for easy reporting of human trafficking cases and speedy handling of all matters relating to the fight against human trafficking.