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  •   The United Nations Children s Fund UNICEF said on Thursday that it had secured the release of 23 boys and two girls from the Nigerian Army administrative custody UNICEF said this was after they had been cleared of suspected ties with some illegal armed groups UNICEF s Nigeria Acting Representative Mr Pernille Ironside disclosed this to newsmen in Lagos He said in a statement that this had brought the numbers of children released this year to 44 These are children taken away from their families and communities deprived of their childhood education health care and of the chance to grow up in a safe and enabling environment UNICEF will continue working to ensure that all conflict affected children are reunited with their families and given hope of fulfilling their dreams and their human rights he said Ironside said that the children had been handed over to the Borno State Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development He said that the children would be kept at a UNICEF supported transit centre while efforts to reunite them with their families and reintegrate them back to their communities were underway According to him they will access medical and psycho social supports education vocational training and informal apprenticeships and opportunities to improve their livelihoods We have made progress but we will like to see all children suspected of involvement with armed groups transferred out of military custody to the care of the relevant local authorities as quickly as possible This is to facilitate their return to their families and communities spending minimal if any time in detention As we commemorate the 30th Anniversary for the Convention of the Rights of the Child this year we must collectively commit to do more for the protection well being and development of children in Nigeria This will include ensuring that they are not recruited or used in conflicts in the first place he said The representative said since 2016 a total of 2 499 people including 1 627 children had been cleared of association with non state armed groups He said that UNICEF and its partners would continue to provide age and gender appropriate community based reintegration support services to all affected children He also said that such support services would be extended to other vulnerable children in communities that were at the risk of being recruited by armed groups NAN EEI KOLE PAD NAN Edited by Remi Koleoso Peter Dada
    UNICEF secures release of 23 boys, 2 girls with ties with illegal armed groups from Army custody
      The United Nations Children s Fund UNICEF said on Thursday that it had secured the release of 23 boys and two girls from the Nigerian Army administrative custody UNICEF said this was after they had been cleared of suspected ties with some illegal armed groups UNICEF s Nigeria Acting Representative Mr Pernille Ironside disclosed this to newsmen in Lagos He said in a statement that this had brought the numbers of children released this year to 44 These are children taken away from their families and communities deprived of their childhood education health care and of the chance to grow up in a safe and enabling environment UNICEF will continue working to ensure that all conflict affected children are reunited with their families and given hope of fulfilling their dreams and their human rights he said Ironside said that the children had been handed over to the Borno State Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development He said that the children would be kept at a UNICEF supported transit centre while efforts to reunite them with their families and reintegrate them back to their communities were underway According to him they will access medical and psycho social supports education vocational training and informal apprenticeships and opportunities to improve their livelihoods We have made progress but we will like to see all children suspected of involvement with armed groups transferred out of military custody to the care of the relevant local authorities as quickly as possible This is to facilitate their return to their families and communities spending minimal if any time in detention As we commemorate the 30th Anniversary for the Convention of the Rights of the Child this year we must collectively commit to do more for the protection well being and development of children in Nigeria This will include ensuring that they are not recruited or used in conflicts in the first place he said The representative said since 2016 a total of 2 499 people including 1 627 children had been cleared of association with non state armed groups He said that UNICEF and its partners would continue to provide age and gender appropriate community based reintegration support services to all affected children He also said that such support services would be extended to other vulnerable children in communities that were at the risk of being recruited by armed groups NAN EEI KOLE PAD NAN Edited by Remi Koleoso Peter Dada
    UNICEF secures release of 23 boys, 2 girls with ties with illegal armed groups from Army custody
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    UNICEF secures release of 23 boys, 2 girls with ties with illegal armed groups from Army custody

    The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said on Thursday that it had secured the release of  23 boys and two girls  from the Nigerian Army administrative custody.

     

    UNICEF said this was after they had been cleared of suspected ties with some illegal  armed groups.

     

    UNICEF’s Nigeria Acting Representative, Mr Pernille Ironside, disclosed this to newsmen in Lagos.

     

    He said in a statement that this had brought the numbers of children released this year to 44.

     

    “These are children taken away from their families and communities, deprived of their childhood, education, health-care, and of the chance to grow up in a safe and enabling environment.

     

    “UNICEF will continue working to ensure that all conflict affected children are reunited with their families, and given hope of fulfilling their dreams and their human rights,” he said.

     

    Ironside said that the children had been handed over to the Borno State Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development.

     

    He said that the children would be kept at a UNICEF supported transit centre while efforts to reunite them with their families and reintegrate them back to their communities were underway.

     

    According to him, they will access medical and psycho-social supports, education, vocational training and informal apprenticeships, and opportunities to improve their livelihoods.

     

    “We have made progress, but we will like to see all children suspected of involvement with armed groups, transferred out of military custody to the care of the relevant local authorities as quickly as possible.

     

    “This is to facilitate their return to their families and communities, spending minimal, if any, time in detention.

     

    “As we commemorate the 30th Anniversary for the Convention of the Rights of the Child this year, we must collectively commit to do more for the protection, well-being and development of children in Nigeria.

     

    “This will include ensuring that they are not recruited or used in conflicts in the first place,” he said.

     

    The representative said since 2016, a total of 2,499 people including 1,627 children had been cleared of association with non-state armed groups.

     

    He said that UNICEF and its partners would continue to provide age and gender appropriate community-based reintegration support services to all affected children.

     

    He also said that such support services would be extended to other vulnerable children in communities that were at the risk of being recruited by armed groups. (NAN)

    EEI/KOLE/PAD

    (NAN)

    Edited by Remi Koleoso/Peter Dada

  •  The Lagos State Police Command on Sunday said it had rescued 19 pregnant girls and four kids suspected to have been abducted by persons engaged in child trafficking The Command in a statement issued by its Public Relations Officer PPRO DSP Bala Elkana on Sunday said that it also had arrested two female suspects Happiness Ukwuoma 40 and Sherifat Ipeya 54 in connection with the incident Elkana said the command had launched a manhunt on the principal suspect and mother of five simply known as Madam Oluchi said to be a native of Mbano in Imo He said Detectives from the Isheri Osun Police Station rescued 19 pregnant girls and four children from four different locations in Ikotun area of Lagos State suspected to be used for child trafficking The victims were mostly abducted by the suspects from different states and brought to Lagos and turned them into baby factories by getting them pregnant only to sell off the babies to potential buyers he said He said that the pregnant girls who were between the ages of 15 and 28 were alleged trafficked from Rivers Cross River Akwa Ibom Anambra Abia and Imo States to Lagos State He said that the suspects who were natives of Imo and Epe in Lagos State did not have any formal medical training but were allegedly operating as nurses The girls were tricked and recruited from different areas and brought to work as domestic staff while the babies they gave birth to are usyally sold for between N300 000 and N500 000 depending on their sexes Boys usually are sold for N500 000 each and girls are sold for N300 000 each he said Elkana said that the Commissioner of Police Lagos State CP Zubairu Muazu had visited the locations and ordered the State Criminal Investigation Department to take over the case The command is working with other agencies and stakeholders in rehabilitating and resettling the pregnant girls and the babies while investigation is ongoing and the suspects will be charged to court Elkana said OUU SSA PAD Edited Shuaib Sadiq Peter Dada
    Police rescue 19 pregnant girls, 4 children from baby factories in Lagos
     The Lagos State Police Command on Sunday said it had rescued 19 pregnant girls and four kids suspected to have been abducted by persons engaged in child trafficking The Command in a statement issued by its Public Relations Officer PPRO DSP Bala Elkana on Sunday said that it also had arrested two female suspects Happiness Ukwuoma 40 and Sherifat Ipeya 54 in connection with the incident Elkana said the command had launched a manhunt on the principal suspect and mother of five simply known as Madam Oluchi said to be a native of Mbano in Imo He said Detectives from the Isheri Osun Police Station rescued 19 pregnant girls and four children from four different locations in Ikotun area of Lagos State suspected to be used for child trafficking The victims were mostly abducted by the suspects from different states and brought to Lagos and turned them into baby factories by getting them pregnant only to sell off the babies to potential buyers he said He said that the pregnant girls who were between the ages of 15 and 28 were alleged trafficked from Rivers Cross River Akwa Ibom Anambra Abia and Imo States to Lagos State He said that the suspects who were natives of Imo and Epe in Lagos State did not have any formal medical training but were allegedly operating as nurses The girls were tricked and recruited from different areas and brought to work as domestic staff while the babies they gave birth to are usyally sold for between N300 000 and N500 000 depending on their sexes Boys usually are sold for N500 000 each and girls are sold for N300 000 each he said Elkana said that the Commissioner of Police Lagos State CP Zubairu Muazu had visited the locations and ordered the State Criminal Investigation Department to take over the case The command is working with other agencies and stakeholders in rehabilitating and resettling the pregnant girls and the babies while investigation is ongoing and the suspects will be charged to court Elkana said OUU SSA PAD Edited Shuaib Sadiq Peter Dada
    Police rescue 19 pregnant girls, 4 children from baby factories in Lagos
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    Police rescue 19 pregnant girls, 4 children from baby factories in Lagos

    The Lagos State Police Command on Sunday said  it had rescued 19 pregnant girls and four kids suspected to have been abducted by persons engaged in child trafficking.

     

    The Command, in a statement issued by its Public Relations Officer (PPRO) DSP Bala Elkana, on Sunday,  said that  it also had   arrested  two female suspects,  Happiness Ukwuoma, 40, and Sherifat Ipeya, 54, in connection with the incident.

     

    Elkana said  the command had launched a manhunt on the principal suspect and mother of five simply known as Madam Oluchi said to be  a native of Mbano in Imo.

     

    He said: “Detectives from the  Isheri-Osun Police Station rescued  19 pregnant girls and four children from four different locations in Ikotun area of Lagos State suspected to be used for child trafficking.

     

    “The victims were mostly abducted by the suspects from different states and brought to  Lagos and turned  them into baby factories by getting them pregnant only to sell off the babies to potential buyers,“ he said.

     

    He said that the pregnant girls, who were  between the ages of 15 and 28  were alleged  trafficked from Rivers, Cross River, Akwa Ibom, Anambra, Abia and Imo States to Lagos State.

     

    He said that  the suspects who were natives of Imo  and Epe in Lagos  State did not have   any  formal medical training but were allegedly operating  as nurses.

     

    “The girls were tricked and recruited from different areas  and brought to work as domestic staff  while the babies they gave birth to  are usyally sold  for between N300,000 and N500,000 depending on their sexes.

     

    “Boys  usually are  sold for N500,000 each and girls are sold for N300,000 each,” he said.

     

    Elkana said that the Commissioner of Police, Lagos State, CP Zubairu Muazu,  had visited the locations  and ordered the State Criminal Investigation Department to take over the case.

     

    “The command is working with other agencies and stakeholders in rehabilitating and resettling the pregnant girls and the babies, while investigation is ongoing and the suspects will be charged to court,“ Elkana said.

    OUU/SSA/PAD

    Edited Shuaib Sadiq/Peter Dada

  •   Ms Precious Dede retired Super Falcons goalkeeper said that football helped to build her confidence and self esteem Precious who had played for several clubs including Delta Queens FC Ibom Queens and Arna Bj rnar in Europe and captained the female senior national team encouraged the students to focus on their education and be serious with sports The former ex international who said sports could bring any disciplined athlete fame and financial stability advised the students to always stand for what is right especially in the society reports that 120 girls from eight different schools attended the workshop The schools are Idia College New Era College Iyoba College Emotan College Imaguero College St Gorotti Grammar School Eghosa College and Oredo Girls Schools The girls were given football kits and boots ahead of an exhibition football match held at Iyoba College field IRO KOO GY Edited by Kevin Okunzuwa Grace Yussuf
    Edo Attorney General encourages sports for girls
      Ms Precious Dede retired Super Falcons goalkeeper said that football helped to build her confidence and self esteem Precious who had played for several clubs including Delta Queens FC Ibom Queens and Arna Bj rnar in Europe and captained the female senior national team encouraged the students to focus on their education and be serious with sports The former ex international who said sports could bring any disciplined athlete fame and financial stability advised the students to always stand for what is right especially in the society reports that 120 girls from eight different schools attended the workshop The schools are Idia College New Era College Iyoba College Emotan College Imaguero College St Gorotti Grammar School Eghosa College and Oredo Girls Schools The girls were given football kits and boots ahead of an exhibition football match held at Iyoba College field IRO KOO GY Edited by Kevin Okunzuwa Grace Yussuf
    Edo Attorney General encourages sports for girls
    Education3 years ago

    Edo Attorney General encourages sports for girls

    Ms Precious Dede, retired Super Falcons goalkeeper, said that football helped to build her confidence and self esteem.

    Precious, who had played for several clubs including Delta Queens FC, Ibom Queens and Arna-Bjørnar in Europe and captained the female senior national team, encouraged the students to focus on their education and be serious with sports.

    The former ex- international, who said sports could bring any disciplined athlete fame and financial stability, advised the students to always stand for what “is right, especially in the society”.

    reports that 120 girls from eight different schools attended the workshop.

    The schools are Idia College, New Era College, Iyoba College, Emotan College, Imaguero College, St. Gorotti Grammar School, Eghosa College and Oredo Girls Schools.

    The girls were given football kits and boots ahead of an exhibition football match, held at Iyoba College field.
    IRO/KOO/GY

    Edited by Kevin Okunzuwa/Grace Yussuf

  •   Saving Nigerian girls from sex slavery By Ifeanyi Nwoko Nigeria News Agency There were startling revelations recently on how Nigeria girls were used as sex slaves in some West African countries The Director General of National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons NAPTIP Julie Okah Donli let the cat out of the bag when she said that over 20 000 Nigerians girls were in Mali working as sex slaves Nigerian Ambassador to Burkina Faso Ramatu Ahmed re echoed that over 10 000 Nigerian girls were working as sex slaves in that country Those who commented on the issue decried the resurgence of slavery in another guise that was abolished in 1833 via the Slavery Abolition Act and stressed that urgent measures must be taken to tackle this menace headlong In December 2018 Okah Donli disclosed that over 20 000 Nigerian girls were in Mali working as sex slaves Addressing the ECOWAS Parliament she said that the girls were sold for between N210 000 and N240 000 and expected to pay back about N1 2million through sex slaving before regaining their freedom She told the parliament that Some of the girls arrived in their school uniforms meaning that they were kidnapped on their way to or from school There are more than one million Nigerians residing in Mali about 20 000 of these Nigerians are girls believed to be victims of trafficking and the number increases by 50 per day Many victims are deceived to leave their livelihoods in Nigeria for greener pastures in Mali Some of the victims were abducted from Nigeria including those that arrived in their school uniforms she said Okah Donli who led a fact finding mission to Mali disclosed that though the girls were forced into sex slavery after regaining their freedom decided to become madams of their own to deal in new girls She said that some of the girls were unwilling to return to Nigeria as they were now used to the sex for gold trade Okah Donli said that many of the victims who were rescued in 2011 and some others in 2017 came back to Nigeria only to return with more girls The traffic madams are well known to the Nigerian community but they are afraid to report them because of the complicity of the Malian security agencies especially the gendarmerie that assist the traffickers to carry out their activities Nigerian victims are way billed from a motor park in Cotonou dropped at Sikasso near the border with Burkina Faso from where they are picked by Malian gendarmerie for delivery to their madams The Malian authorities collect taxes from the victims on a weekly basis and sell condoms and other medications compulsorily to their victims every month Malian women are already grumbling that Nigerian girls are taking their men and there are fears of imminent xenophobic attacks Three Nigerian girls were killed between November and December 2018 Okah Donli said Ahmed in her testimony said that the sex trade business has become a source of serious concern to the Nigerian Embassy in Burkina Faso She said that the girls were deceived with job opportunities only to arrive and discover that they must go through the horror of sex slaving The spate of human trafficking here in Burkina Faso is a big concern to the embassy because at present we have nothing less than 10 000 Nigerian girls who have been trafficked into Burkina Faso as commercial sex workers Most of these girls are underage most left school and are roaming about doing commercial sex work in Burkina Faso This apart from being a dent to our country it is also a sort of concern as far as their health is concerned For every Nigerian girl that escapes and wants to go back there are more than 10 in the bush that are willing to carry on she said Ahmed said that the embassy was partnering the International Organisation on Migration IOM office in Ouagadougou to assist in the voluntary repatriation of victims of trafficking She said that 200 girls have been repatriated to Nigeria by the embassy this is apart from the ones that ran to the churches some to other Civil Society Organisations CSOs and the International Organisations on Migration IOM Beyond repatriation Ahmed insists that Nigerian parents must play their role by closely monitoring their children so that they are not swayed into accepting deceitful promises of greener pastures abroad I am pleading with Nigerian parents that they should know what their children are doing most of the girls said that their parents don t know what they were doing This is a problem that emanates from the family she said For the anti trafficking agency a multi stakeholders approach has been adopted with a recent partnership with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime UNODC to establish a taskforce to fight human trafficking The partnership according to NAPTIP is to decrease vulnerabilities to trafficking of women children and the youth To check trafficking of girls for sex slavery Okah Donli recommended among other things that Nigeria should sign a Memorandum of Understanding MoU with Mali Burkina Faso Benin Republic Guinea and Senegal All motor parks through which the girls are trafficked should be sanitised and efforts made to stop extortion of Nigerians travelling to or through the aforementioned countries There is need for comprehensive sensitisation of rescued victims before repatriation and a comprehensive blueprint worked out for tracing empowerment and rehabilitation of victims Okah Donli said She said NAPTIP was ready to give technical support to Mali if it sought to establish an anti human trafficking agency The NAPTIP boss also suggested that the ECOWAS Protocol on Free Movement of Persons and Goods should be properly implemented such that other nationals are not harassed in other ECOWAS countries All in all stakeholders suggest that concerted efforts should be made to stop the obnoxious business as well as address economic situation in the country to make travelling abroad unattractive Features NAN
    Saving Nigerian girls from sex slavery
      Saving Nigerian girls from sex slavery By Ifeanyi Nwoko Nigeria News Agency There were startling revelations recently on how Nigeria girls were used as sex slaves in some West African countries The Director General of National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons NAPTIP Julie Okah Donli let the cat out of the bag when she said that over 20 000 Nigerians girls were in Mali working as sex slaves Nigerian Ambassador to Burkina Faso Ramatu Ahmed re echoed that over 10 000 Nigerian girls were working as sex slaves in that country Those who commented on the issue decried the resurgence of slavery in another guise that was abolished in 1833 via the Slavery Abolition Act and stressed that urgent measures must be taken to tackle this menace headlong In December 2018 Okah Donli disclosed that over 20 000 Nigerian girls were in Mali working as sex slaves Addressing the ECOWAS Parliament she said that the girls were sold for between N210 000 and N240 000 and expected to pay back about N1 2million through sex slaving before regaining their freedom She told the parliament that Some of the girls arrived in their school uniforms meaning that they were kidnapped on their way to or from school There are more than one million Nigerians residing in Mali about 20 000 of these Nigerians are girls believed to be victims of trafficking and the number increases by 50 per day Many victims are deceived to leave their livelihoods in Nigeria for greener pastures in Mali Some of the victims were abducted from Nigeria including those that arrived in their school uniforms she said Okah Donli who led a fact finding mission to Mali disclosed that though the girls were forced into sex slavery after regaining their freedom decided to become madams of their own to deal in new girls She said that some of the girls were unwilling to return to Nigeria as they were now used to the sex for gold trade Okah Donli said that many of the victims who were rescued in 2011 and some others in 2017 came back to Nigeria only to return with more girls The traffic madams are well known to the Nigerian community but they are afraid to report them because of the complicity of the Malian security agencies especially the gendarmerie that assist the traffickers to carry out their activities Nigerian victims are way billed from a motor park in Cotonou dropped at Sikasso near the border with Burkina Faso from where they are picked by Malian gendarmerie for delivery to their madams The Malian authorities collect taxes from the victims on a weekly basis and sell condoms and other medications compulsorily to their victims every month Malian women are already grumbling that Nigerian girls are taking their men and there are fears of imminent xenophobic attacks Three Nigerian girls were killed between November and December 2018 Okah Donli said Ahmed in her testimony said that the sex trade business has become a source of serious concern to the Nigerian Embassy in Burkina Faso She said that the girls were deceived with job opportunities only to arrive and discover that they must go through the horror of sex slaving The spate of human trafficking here in Burkina Faso is a big concern to the embassy because at present we have nothing less than 10 000 Nigerian girls who have been trafficked into Burkina Faso as commercial sex workers Most of these girls are underage most left school and are roaming about doing commercial sex work in Burkina Faso This apart from being a dent to our country it is also a sort of concern as far as their health is concerned For every Nigerian girl that escapes and wants to go back there are more than 10 in the bush that are willing to carry on she said Ahmed said that the embassy was partnering the International Organisation on Migration IOM office in Ouagadougou to assist in the voluntary repatriation of victims of trafficking She said that 200 girls have been repatriated to Nigeria by the embassy this is apart from the ones that ran to the churches some to other Civil Society Organisations CSOs and the International Organisations on Migration IOM Beyond repatriation Ahmed insists that Nigerian parents must play their role by closely monitoring their children so that they are not swayed into accepting deceitful promises of greener pastures abroad I am pleading with Nigerian parents that they should know what their children are doing most of the girls said that their parents don t know what they were doing This is a problem that emanates from the family she said For the anti trafficking agency a multi stakeholders approach has been adopted with a recent partnership with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime UNODC to establish a taskforce to fight human trafficking The partnership according to NAPTIP is to decrease vulnerabilities to trafficking of women children and the youth To check trafficking of girls for sex slavery Okah Donli recommended among other things that Nigeria should sign a Memorandum of Understanding MoU with Mali Burkina Faso Benin Republic Guinea and Senegal All motor parks through which the girls are trafficked should be sanitised and efforts made to stop extortion of Nigerians travelling to or through the aforementioned countries There is need for comprehensive sensitisation of rescued victims before repatriation and a comprehensive blueprint worked out for tracing empowerment and rehabilitation of victims Okah Donli said She said NAPTIP was ready to give technical support to Mali if it sought to establish an anti human trafficking agency The NAPTIP boss also suggested that the ECOWAS Protocol on Free Movement of Persons and Goods should be properly implemented such that other nationals are not harassed in other ECOWAS countries All in all stakeholders suggest that concerted efforts should be made to stop the obnoxious business as well as address economic situation in the country to make travelling abroad unattractive Features NAN
    Saving Nigerian girls from sex slavery
    Features3 years ago

    Saving Nigerian girls from sex slavery

    Saving Nigerian girls from sex slavery

    By Ifeanyi Nwoko, Nigeria News Agency

    There were startling revelations recently on how Nigeria girls were used as sex slaves in some West African countries. The Director-General of National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP), Julie Okah-Donli, let the cat out of the bag when she said that over 20,000 Nigerians girls were in Mali working as sex slaves.

    Nigerian Ambassador to Burkina Faso, Ramatu Ahmed, re-echoed that over 10,000 Nigerian girls were working as sex slaves in that country.

    Those who commented on the issue decried the resurgence of slavery, in another guise, that was abolished in 1833, via the Slavery Abolition Act, and stressed that urgent measures must be taken to tackle this menace headlong.

    In December 2018, Okah-Donli disclosed that over 20,000 Nigerian girls were in Mali working as sex slaves.

    Addressing the ECOWAS Parliament, she said that the girls were sold for between N210,000 and N240,000, and expected to pay back about N1.2million through sex slaving before regaining their freedom.

    She told the parliament that: “Some of the girls arrived in their school uniforms, meaning that they were kidnapped on their way to or from school.

    “There are more than one million Nigerians residing in Mali; about 20,000 of these Nigerians are girls believed to be victims of trafficking and the number increases by 50 per day.

    “Many victims are deceived to leave their livelihoods in Nigeria for greener pastures in Mali.

    “Some of the victims were abducted from Nigeria, including those that arrived in their school uniforms,” she said.

    Okah-Donli who led a fact-finding mission to Mali disclosed that though the girls were forced into sex slavery; after regaining their freedom decided to become “madams of their own to deal in new girls.’’

    She said that some of the girls were unwilling to return to Nigeria as they were now used to the “sex for gold trade.’’

    Okah-Donli said that many of the victims who were rescued in 2011 and some others in 2017 came back to Nigeria, only to return with more girls.

    “The traffic madams are well known to the Nigerian community, but they are afraid to report them because of the complicity of the Malian security agencies, especially the gendarmerie that assist the traffickers to carry out their activities.

    “Nigerian victims are way-billed from a motor-park in Cotonou, dropped at Sikasso near the border with Burkina Faso, from where they are picked by Malian gendarmerie for delivery to their madams.

    “The Malian authorities collect taxes from the victims on a weekly basis and sell condoms and other medications compulsorily to their victims every month.

    “Malian women are already grumbling that Nigerian girls are taking their men, and there are fears of imminent xenophobic attacks.

    “Three Nigerian girls were killed between November and December 2018,’’ Okah-Donli said.

    Ahmed, in her testimony said that the sex trade business has become a source of serious concern to the Nigerian Embassy in Burkina Faso.

    She said that the girls were deceived with job opportunities only to arrive and discover that they must go through the horror of sex slaving.

    “The spate of human trafficking here in Burkina Faso is a big concern to the embassy because at present, we have nothing less than 10,000 Nigerian girls who have been trafficked into Burkina Faso as commercial sex workers.

    “Most of these girls are underage, most left school and are roaming about doing commercial sex work in Burkina Faso.

    “This apart from being a dent to our country, it is also a sort of concern as far as their health is concerned.

    “For every Nigerian girl that escapes and wants to go back, there are more than 10 in the bush that are willing to carry on,’’ she said.

    Ahmed said that the embassy was partnering the International Organisation on Migration (IOM) office in Ouagadougou to assist in the voluntary repatriation of victims of trafficking.

    She said that, “200 girls have been repatriated to Nigeria  by the embassy,  this is apart from the ones that ran to the churches , some to other Civil Society Organisations(CSOs) and the International Organisations on Migration (IOM).’’

    Beyond repatriation, Ahmed insists that Nigerian parents must play their role by closely monitoring their children, so that they are not swayed into accepting deceitful promises of greener pastures abroad.

    “I am pleading with Nigerian parents that they should know what their children are doing, most of the girls said that their parents don’t know what they were doing.

    “This is a problem that emanates from the family,” she said.

    For the anti-trafficking agency, a multi-stakeholders approach has been adopted with a recent partnership with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) to establish a taskforce to fight human trafficking.

    The partnership according to NAPTIP is to decrease vulnerabilities to trafficking of women, children and the youth.

    To check trafficking of girls for sex slavery, Okah-Donli recommended among other things, that Nigeria should sign a Memorandum of Understanding ( MoU) with Mali, Burkina Faso, Benin Republic, Guinea and Senegal.

    “All motor parks through which the girls are trafficked should be sanitised and efforts made to stop extortion of Nigerians travelling to or through the aforementioned countries.

    “There is need for comprehensive sensitisation of rescued victims before repatriation and a comprehensive blueprint worked out for tracing, empowerment and rehabilitation of victims,” Okah-Donli said.

    She said NAPTIP was ready to give technical support to Mali if it sought to establish an anti-human trafficking agency.

    The NAPTIP boss also suggested that the ECOWAS Protocol on Free Movement of Persons and Goods should be properly implemented such that other nationals are not harassed in other ECOWAS countries.

    All in all, stakeholders suggest that concerted efforts should be made to stop the obnoxious business, as well as address economic situation in the country to make travelling abroad unattractive. (Features)

    **(NAN)

  •  The United Nations Children s Fund UNICEF on Saturday described its Girls Education Project Phase 3 GEP3 being implemented in Bauchi Niger Kano Katsina Sokoto and Zamfara states as a huge success UNICEF Chief of Education Euphrates Wose told the Nigeria News Agency in Birnin Kebbi that the GEP3 was designed to get more girls in the benefiting states to complete basic education Wose added that the project being implemented by UNICEF with funding from DFID was also designed to increase parental demand for and support to girls education She explained that the project initiated a cash transfer an incentive given to mothers to take care of the cost of uniforms books and other school needs which she said turned out to be a game changer Wose said that Sokoto State had made budgetary provisions to sustain the initiative adding that UNICEF was working with Kebbi to do same to sustain the promotion of girl child education So far the project has done some fantastic things to the girl child and in the education sector of the benefiting states It has created the needed awareness on the importance of education particularly for the girls as we have continued to have more and more girls being enrolled in schools Parents have now realised that while religious education is important children particularly the girl child need other skills to be able to engage beyond the world of their immediate communities In terms of stakeholders engagement the project has galvanised traditional leaders in the states who are promoting education with the Emir of Kano Muhammadu Sanusi II leading that initiative Sanusi has been very vocal in promoting education particularly for the girl child He has been mobilising and sensitising communities to embrace education She added that at the community level the programme had strengthened School Base Management Committees to take ownership and contribute to the development of schools Wose said that the girls had been empowered with the knowledge and voice to be able to protect their space when in contention and to support their fellow girls in distress She said that the awareness voice and participation within their spaces had become a reality through the GEP3 project FDY JPE ETS Edited by Joseph Edeh and Ephraims Sheyin
    UNICEF says girls education project a huge success
     The United Nations Children s Fund UNICEF on Saturday described its Girls Education Project Phase 3 GEP3 being implemented in Bauchi Niger Kano Katsina Sokoto and Zamfara states as a huge success UNICEF Chief of Education Euphrates Wose told the Nigeria News Agency in Birnin Kebbi that the GEP3 was designed to get more girls in the benefiting states to complete basic education Wose added that the project being implemented by UNICEF with funding from DFID was also designed to increase parental demand for and support to girls education She explained that the project initiated a cash transfer an incentive given to mothers to take care of the cost of uniforms books and other school needs which she said turned out to be a game changer Wose said that Sokoto State had made budgetary provisions to sustain the initiative adding that UNICEF was working with Kebbi to do same to sustain the promotion of girl child education So far the project has done some fantastic things to the girl child and in the education sector of the benefiting states It has created the needed awareness on the importance of education particularly for the girls as we have continued to have more and more girls being enrolled in schools Parents have now realised that while religious education is important children particularly the girl child need other skills to be able to engage beyond the world of their immediate communities In terms of stakeholders engagement the project has galvanised traditional leaders in the states who are promoting education with the Emir of Kano Muhammadu Sanusi II leading that initiative Sanusi has been very vocal in promoting education particularly for the girl child He has been mobilising and sensitising communities to embrace education She added that at the community level the programme had strengthened School Base Management Committees to take ownership and contribute to the development of schools Wose said that the girls had been empowered with the knowledge and voice to be able to protect their space when in contention and to support their fellow girls in distress She said that the awareness voice and participation within their spaces had become a reality through the GEP3 project FDY JPE ETS Edited by Joseph Edeh and Ephraims Sheyin
    UNICEF says girls education project a huge success
    Education3 years ago

    UNICEF says girls education project a huge success

    The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), on Saturday described its Girls Education Project, Phase 3 (GEP3), being implemented in Bauchi, Niger, Kano, Katsina, Sokoto and Zamfara states as “a huge success”.

    UNICEF Chief of Education, Euphrates Wose, told the Nigeria News Agency , in Birnin Kebbi that the GEP3 was designed to get more girls in the benefiting states to complete basic education.

    Wose added that the project, being implemented by UNICEF with funding from DFID, was also designed to increase parental demand for, and support to, girls’ education.

    She explained that the project initiated a cash transfer, an incentive given to mothers to take care of the cost of uniforms, books and other school needs, which she said turned out to be ‘a game changer’.

    Wose said that Sokoto State had made budgetary provisions to sustain the initiative, adding that UNICEF was working with Kebbi to do same to sustain the promotion of girl-child education.

    “So far, the project has done some fantastic things to the girl-child and in the education sector of the benefiting states.

    “It has created the needed awareness on the importance of education, particularly for the girls, as we have continued to have more and more girls being enrolled in schools.

    “Parents have now realised that while religious education is important, children, particularly the girl-child, need other skills to be able to engage beyond the world of their immediate communities.

    “In terms of stakeholders’ engagement, the project has galvanised traditional leaders in the states, who are promoting education, with the Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II, leading that initiative.

    “Sanusi has been very vocal in promoting education, particularly for the girl-child. He has been mobilising and sensitising communities to embrace education.”

    She added that at the community level, the programme had strengthened School-Base Management Committees to take ownership and contribute to the development of schools.

    Wose said that the girls had been empowered with the knowledge and voice to be able to protect their space when in contention, and to support their fellow girls in distress.

    She said that the awareness, voice and participation within their spaces, had become a reality through the GEP3 project.

    FDY/JPE/ETS

    Edited by Joseph Edeh and Ephraims Sheyin

     

  •   A suspected serial killer Gracious David West 39 arrested by the police has admitted killing at least seven women in hotels in Lagos Owerri and Port Harcourt The suspect was arrested on Thursday following CCTV footage which showed him leaving an unnamed hotel in Port Harcourt after he allegedly killed the lady he slept with the previous night David West confessed to killing the seven women to newsmen on Friday after his arrest by the Rivers Police command So far I ve killed five girls in Port Harcourt one in Owerri Imo and another in Lagos I started the killing in Lagos I took N52 000 from the bank account of the first girl I killed in Lagos Thereafter I went to Port Harcourt then to Owerri and later returned to Port Harcourt After I kill a girl I collect her phone and sell the phone at Waterlines and MTN office areas in Port Harcourt I met the last girl latest victim at a club in Port Harcourt David West told reporters David West who hails from Buguma in Asari Toru Local Government Area in Rivers further gave horrific details on how he murdered his victims in cold blood The suspect who did not betray any emotion said he usually picked his victims from clubs and drinking spots I take a girl into the hotel we eat make love and sleep Later I wake up in the middle of the night and put a kitchen knife on her neck ordering her not to shout I threaten her that if she shouts that I will kill her I promise her that if she cooperates that I will not kill her so the girl out of fear will not shout After the girl relaxes then I will tear the bed s pillow case and tie her hands and legs so that she will not struggle Thereafter I strangle her he confessed David West said before strangulating his victims that they usually pleaded for their lives by offering him money as well as details of their bank account He said after obtaining the victim s Automated Teller Machine ATM card and pin and other belongings that he still went ahead to kill the women So I collect their ATM pins and after dawn I go to ATM to withdraw money from the account I usually use the money to get other girls I don t know what is making me to kill people Immediately the urge comes I kill and after killing I regret and feel sober But later I will still go and kill again he said Rivers Commissioner of Police Mr Mustapha Dandaura said that David West was arrested by cops on routine stop and search along the Ogoni stretch of the East West Road According to him the suspect was arrested inside a commercial bus that was travelling to Uyo from Port Harcourt The suspect is definitely not alone in these killings So far three suspects are in our custody and are being investigated in connection with these killings the police chief said Nigeria News Agency reports that five deaths in Port Harcourt sparked outrage in Nigeria with protests erupting across the city by women activists fearing a rise in killings targeting suspected sex workers Police investigating the murders immediately launched a manhunt for the suspect and later arrested him while he attempted to flee Port Harcourt to neighbouring Uyo capital of Akwa Ibom DES OSA DCU Edited by Shittu Obassa Donald Ugwu
    Suspected serial killer admits strangling 7 girls in P/Harcourt, others
      A suspected serial killer Gracious David West 39 arrested by the police has admitted killing at least seven women in hotels in Lagos Owerri and Port Harcourt The suspect was arrested on Thursday following CCTV footage which showed him leaving an unnamed hotel in Port Harcourt after he allegedly killed the lady he slept with the previous night David West confessed to killing the seven women to newsmen on Friday after his arrest by the Rivers Police command So far I ve killed five girls in Port Harcourt one in Owerri Imo and another in Lagos I started the killing in Lagos I took N52 000 from the bank account of the first girl I killed in Lagos Thereafter I went to Port Harcourt then to Owerri and later returned to Port Harcourt After I kill a girl I collect her phone and sell the phone at Waterlines and MTN office areas in Port Harcourt I met the last girl latest victim at a club in Port Harcourt David West told reporters David West who hails from Buguma in Asari Toru Local Government Area in Rivers further gave horrific details on how he murdered his victims in cold blood The suspect who did not betray any emotion said he usually picked his victims from clubs and drinking spots I take a girl into the hotel we eat make love and sleep Later I wake up in the middle of the night and put a kitchen knife on her neck ordering her not to shout I threaten her that if she shouts that I will kill her I promise her that if she cooperates that I will not kill her so the girl out of fear will not shout After the girl relaxes then I will tear the bed s pillow case and tie her hands and legs so that she will not struggle Thereafter I strangle her he confessed David West said before strangulating his victims that they usually pleaded for their lives by offering him money as well as details of their bank account He said after obtaining the victim s Automated Teller Machine ATM card and pin and other belongings that he still went ahead to kill the women So I collect their ATM pins and after dawn I go to ATM to withdraw money from the account I usually use the money to get other girls I don t know what is making me to kill people Immediately the urge comes I kill and after killing I regret and feel sober But later I will still go and kill again he said Rivers Commissioner of Police Mr Mustapha Dandaura said that David West was arrested by cops on routine stop and search along the Ogoni stretch of the East West Road According to him the suspect was arrested inside a commercial bus that was travelling to Uyo from Port Harcourt The suspect is definitely not alone in these killings So far three suspects are in our custody and are being investigated in connection with these killings the police chief said Nigeria News Agency reports that five deaths in Port Harcourt sparked outrage in Nigeria with protests erupting across the city by women activists fearing a rise in killings targeting suspected sex workers Police investigating the murders immediately launched a manhunt for the suspect and later arrested him while he attempted to flee Port Harcourt to neighbouring Uyo capital of Akwa Ibom DES OSA DCU Edited by Shittu Obassa Donald Ugwu
    Suspected serial killer admits strangling 7 girls in P/Harcourt, others
    Defence/Security3 years ago

    Suspected serial killer admits strangling 7 girls in P/Harcourt, others

    A suspected serial killer, Gracious David-West, 39, arrested by the police has admitted killing at least seven women in hotels in Lagos, Owerri and Port Harcourt.

    The suspect was arrested on Thursday, following CCTV footage which showed him leaving an unnamed hotel in Port Harcourt, after he allegedly killed the lady he slept with the previous night.

    David-West confessed to killing the seven women to newsmen on Friday after his arrest by  the Rivers Police command.

    “So far, I’ve killed five girls in Port Harcourt; one in Owerri (Imo) and another in Lagos. I started the killing in Lagos.

    “I took N52,000 from the bank account of the first girl I killed in Lagos. Thereafter, I went to Port Harcourt, then to Owerri and later returned to Port Harcourt.

    “After I kill a girl, I collect her phone, and sell the phone at Waterlines and MTN office (areas in Port Harcourt).

    “I met the last girl (latest victim) at a club in Port Harcourt,” David-West told reporters.

    David-West, who hails from  Buguma in Asari Toru Local Government Area in Rivers, further gave horrific details on how he murdered his victims in cold-blood.

    The suspect, who did not betray any emotion, said he usually picked his victims from clubs and drinking spots.

    “I take a girl into the hotel, we eat, make love and sleep. Later, I wake up in the middle of the night and put a kitchen knife on her neck, ordering her not to shout.

    “I threaten her that if she shouts that I will kill her. I promise her that if she cooperates that I will not kill her, so, the girl, out of fear will not shout.

    “After the girl relaxes, then, I will tear the bed’s pillow case and tie her hands and legs, so that she will not struggle. Thereafter, I strangle her,” he confessed.

    David-West said before strangulating his victims that they usually pleaded for their lives by offering him money as well as details of their bank account.

    He said after obtaining the victim’s Automated Teller Machine (ATM) card and pin and other belongings that he still went ahead to kill the women.

    “So, I collect their ATM pins, and after dawn, I go to ATM to withdraw money from the account. I usually use the money to get other girls.

    “I don’t know what is making me to kill people. Immediately the urge comes, I kill, and after killing, I regret and feel sober. But later, I will still go and kill again,” he said.

    Rivers Commissioner of Police, Mr Mustapha Dandaura, said that David-West was arrested by cops on routine stop and search along the Ogoni stretch of the East/West Road.

    According to him, the suspect was arrested inside a commercial bus that was travelling to Uyo from Port Harcourt.

    “The suspect is definitely not alone in these killings. So far, three suspects are in our custody and are being investigated in connection with these killings,” the police chief said.

    Nigeria News Agency reports that five deaths in Port Harcourt sparked outrage in Nigeria, with protests erupting across the city by women activists fearing a rise in killings targeting suspected sex workers.

    Police investigating the murders immediately launched a manhunt for the suspect and later arrested him while he attempted to flee Port Harcourt to neighbouring Uyo, capital of Akwa Ibom.

    DES/OSA/DCU

    Edited by Shittu Obassa/Donald Ugwu

  •   A Non Governmental Organisation NGO Girls Education Mission International GEM has cautioned teenage girls against succumbing to peer group pressure and sexual exploitation as a condition for achieving success in life Mrs Keturah Shannah the executive Director of GEM sounded the caution at a workshop the group organised for 60 teenagers from Bassa Riyom and Barkin Ladi local government areas of Plateau Shannah said young girls were more vulnerable to peer group pressure which could lead to sexual assault and teenage pregnancies She said the event was to encourage them to adopt a good moral life and be goals oriented We have 60 teenagers comprising of 50 girls and 10 boys from three local governments It is a programme supported by World Alliance for Citizen Participation CIVICUS to speak on issues affecting the progress of teenagers in the society We believe that the teenagers have a bright future and can succeed beginning with the conviction that there is nothing impossible for them to achieve Some of them are beneficiaries of our scholarship awards earlier in the year as funded by the T Y foundation She said She urged the teenagers to report all forms of violence against them to the relevant authorities place priority on formal education and empower themselves through skills acquisition Nigeria News Agency reports that GEM is one of the Speak Champions in Nigeria of CIVICUS expected to mobilise and coordinate other organisations to host speak events on issues affecting the society and its members According to Shammah GEM has mobilised eight organisations in Plateau to champion campaigns on protecting human rights promoting peace and advocating for peace We have coordinated the activities of eight organisations such as Victims of Violence Charity Foundation New Vision for Peace Building and Advocacy for the Support of Prisoners and Indigents Rights amongst others Speaking to some of the participants who are secondary school leavers expressed their strong will to be successful in spite of the challenges in the society Blessing Biri from Bassa Local Government said that she had learnt to be patient and fight against poverty through hard work and perseverance and not limiting herself to formal education but also empowering her self in skills acquisition Also Danjuma David said he had learnt not to give excuses for failure and to pursue his dreams in spite of peer pressure or family limitations MAA AMY Edited by Abdullahi Yusuf
    NGO cautions teenage girls against peer pressure, sexual exploitation
      A Non Governmental Organisation NGO Girls Education Mission International GEM has cautioned teenage girls against succumbing to peer group pressure and sexual exploitation as a condition for achieving success in life Mrs Keturah Shannah the executive Director of GEM sounded the caution at a workshop the group organised for 60 teenagers from Bassa Riyom and Barkin Ladi local government areas of Plateau Shannah said young girls were more vulnerable to peer group pressure which could lead to sexual assault and teenage pregnancies She said the event was to encourage them to adopt a good moral life and be goals oriented We have 60 teenagers comprising of 50 girls and 10 boys from three local governments It is a programme supported by World Alliance for Citizen Participation CIVICUS to speak on issues affecting the progress of teenagers in the society We believe that the teenagers have a bright future and can succeed beginning with the conviction that there is nothing impossible for them to achieve Some of them are beneficiaries of our scholarship awards earlier in the year as funded by the T Y foundation She said She urged the teenagers to report all forms of violence against them to the relevant authorities place priority on formal education and empower themselves through skills acquisition Nigeria News Agency reports that GEM is one of the Speak Champions in Nigeria of CIVICUS expected to mobilise and coordinate other organisations to host speak events on issues affecting the society and its members According to Shammah GEM has mobilised eight organisations in Plateau to champion campaigns on protecting human rights promoting peace and advocating for peace We have coordinated the activities of eight organisations such as Victims of Violence Charity Foundation New Vision for Peace Building and Advocacy for the Support of Prisoners and Indigents Rights amongst others Speaking to some of the participants who are secondary school leavers expressed their strong will to be successful in spite of the challenges in the society Blessing Biri from Bassa Local Government said that she had learnt to be patient and fight against poverty through hard work and perseverance and not limiting herself to formal education but also empowering her self in skills acquisition Also Danjuma David said he had learnt not to give excuses for failure and to pursue his dreams in spite of peer pressure or family limitations MAA AMY Edited by Abdullahi Yusuf
    NGO cautions teenage girls against peer pressure, sexual exploitation
    General news3 years ago

    NGO cautions teenage girls against peer pressure, sexual exploitation

    A Non-Governmental Organisation(NGO), Girls Education Mission International (GEM),has cautioned teenage girls against succumbing to peer group pressure and sexual exploitation as a condition for achieving success in life.

    Mrs Keturah Shannah, the executive Director of GEM, sounded the caution at a workshop the group organised for 60 teenagers from Bassa, Riyom and Barkin Ladi local government areas of Plateau.

    Shannah said young girls were more vulnerable to peer group pressure which could  lead to sexual assault and teenage pregnancies.

    She said the event was to encourage them to adopt a good moral life and be goals oriented.

    “We have 60 teenagers comprising of 50 girls and 10 boys from three local governments . It is a programme supported by World Alliance for Citizen Participation (CIVICUS) to speak on issues affecting the progress of teenagers in the society.

    “We believe that the teenagers have a bright future and can succeed beginning with the conviction that there is nothing impossible for them to achieve. Some of them are beneficiaries of our scholarship awards earlier in the year as funded by the T Y foundation, “She said.

    She urged the teenagers to report all forms of violence against them to the relevant authorities, place priority on formal education and empower themselves through skills acquisition.

    Nigeria News Agency reports that GEM is one of the ‘Speak Champions’ in Nigeria of CIVICUS expected to mobilise and coordinate other organisations to host speak events on issues affecting the society and its members.

    According to Shammah, GEM has mobilised eight organisations in Plateau to champion campaigns on protecting human rights, promoting peace and advocating for peace .

    ” We have coordinated the activities of eight organisations such as Victims of Violence Charity Foundation, New Vision for Peace Building and Advocacy for the Support of Prisoners and Indigents Rights amongst others.

    Speaking to , some of the participants who are secondary school leavers, expressed their strong will to be successful in spite of the challenges in the society.

    Blessing Biri from Bassa Local Government, said that she had learnt to be patient and fight against poverty through hard work and perseverance and not limiting herself to formal education but also empowering her self in skills acquisition.

    Also, Danjuma David said he had learnt not to give excuses for failure and to pursue his dreams in spite of peer pressure or family limitations.
    MAA/AMY

    Edited by Abdullahi Yusuf

  •  Rights groups on Wednesday welcomed the Indonesian parliament s decision to raise the marriage age for girls from 16 to 19 as a victory in the fight to end rampant child marriages The House of Representatives on Monday passed revisions to the country s 1974 marriage law increasing the marriageable age for women to 19 The marriage age for men remained unchanged at 19 We are grateful Even though we had wanted it raised to 21 at least 19 is no longer a minor said Budi Wahyuni Deputy Chair of the National Commission on Violence against Women It s a compromise because we know there are still some people who are opposed to the change she said The United Nations children s agency UNICEF said Indonesia had the eighth highest absolute number of child brides in the world at almost 1 5 million with 14 pe rcent of girls in the country marrying before the age of 18 A previous attempt by activists to have the law changed failed when the Constitutional Court rejected in 2015 a petition to rise the marriage age for girls But in a surprise ruling in December a different set of judges at the court ordered the parliament to revise the law in response to a petition filed by former child brides FAT SH Edited by Fatima Sule Sadiya Hamza
    Rights groups commend Indonesia for raising marriage age for girls to 19
     Rights groups on Wednesday welcomed the Indonesian parliament s decision to raise the marriage age for girls from 16 to 19 as a victory in the fight to end rampant child marriages The House of Representatives on Monday passed revisions to the country s 1974 marriage law increasing the marriageable age for women to 19 The marriage age for men remained unchanged at 19 We are grateful Even though we had wanted it raised to 21 at least 19 is no longer a minor said Budi Wahyuni Deputy Chair of the National Commission on Violence against Women It s a compromise because we know there are still some people who are opposed to the change she said The United Nations children s agency UNICEF said Indonesia had the eighth highest absolute number of child brides in the world at almost 1 5 million with 14 pe rcent of girls in the country marrying before the age of 18 A previous attempt by activists to have the law changed failed when the Constitutional Court rejected in 2015 a petition to rise the marriage age for girls But in a surprise ruling in December a different set of judges at the court ordered the parliament to revise the law in response to a petition filed by former child brides FAT SH Edited by Fatima Sule Sadiya Hamza
    Rights groups commend Indonesia for raising marriage age for girls to 19
    Foreign3 years ago

    Rights groups commend Indonesia for raising marriage age for girls to 19

    Rights groups on Wednesday welcomed the Indonesian parliament’s decision to raise the marriage age for girls from 16 to 19 as a victory in the fight to end rampant child marriages.

    The House of Representatives on Monday passed revisions to the country’s 1974 marriage law, increasing the marriageable age for women to 19.

    The marriage age for men remained unchanged at 19.

    “We are grateful. Even though we had wanted it raised to 21, at least 19 is no longer a minor,” said Budi Wahyuni, Deputy Chair of the National Commission on Violence against Women.

    “It’s a compromise, because we know there are still some people who are opposed [to the change],” she said.

    The United Nations children’s agency (UNICEF), said Indonesia had the eighth-highest absolute number of child brides in the world, at almost 1.5 million, with 14 pe rcent of girls in the country marrying before the age of 18.

    A previous attempt by activists to have the law changed failed when the Constitutional Court rejected in 2015 a petition to rise the marriage age for girls.

    But in a surprise ruling in December, a different set of judges at the court ordered the parliament to revise the law in response to a petition filed by former child brides.
    FAT/SH
    Edited by Fatima Sule/Sadiya Hamza

  •   No fewer than 9 additional teenage girls and one boy were on Monday released by repentant bandits in Katsina State as the dialogue and peace initiative of the state government continue to record success The victims were kidnapped from Ruma Batsari Local Government Area of the state some weeks ago The victims said that they spent about 32 days in captivity before the government secured their release They said that they were given food and had not been sexually abused by the bandits The victims were handed over to the Transition Committee Chairman of Batsari local government area who would take them for medical check up before reuniting them with their families The Nigeria News Agency reports that the state government has so far secured the release of about 67 persons since the dialogue and peace initiative started ZI ASH
    Dialogue: Repentant bandits release another 9 teenage girls, 1 boy in Katsina
      No fewer than 9 additional teenage girls and one boy were on Monday released by repentant bandits in Katsina State as the dialogue and peace initiative of the state government continue to record success The victims were kidnapped from Ruma Batsari Local Government Area of the state some weeks ago The victims said that they spent about 32 days in captivity before the government secured their release They said that they were given food and had not been sexually abused by the bandits The victims were handed over to the Transition Committee Chairman of Batsari local government area who would take them for medical check up before reuniting them with their families The Nigeria News Agency reports that the state government has so far secured the release of about 67 persons since the dialogue and peace initiative started ZI ASH
    Dialogue: Repentant bandits release another 9 teenage girls, 1 boy in Katsina
    Defence/Security3 years ago

    Dialogue: Repentant bandits release another 9 teenage girls, 1 boy in Katsina

    No fewer than 9 additional teenage girls and one boy were on Monday released by repentant bandits in Katsina State, as the dialogue and peace initiative of the state government continue to record success.

    The victims were kidnapped from Ruma, Batsari Local Government Area of the state some weeks ago.

    The victims said that they spent about 32 days in captivity before the government secured their release.

    They said that they were given food and had not been sexually abused by the bandits.

    The victims were handed over to the Transition Committee Chairman of Batsari local government area, who would take them for medical check up before reuniting them with their families.

    The Nigeria News Agency reports that the state government has so  far secured the release of about 67 persons since the dialogue and peace initiative started.
    ZI/ASH

  •   The Nigerian Ambassador to Burkina Faso Ramatu Ahmed says no fewer than 10 000 Nigerian girls are forced into prostitution in Burkina Faso Ahmed disclosed this in an interview with the Nigeria News Agency in Ouagadougou on Monday She said the victims of the sex trade were mainly underage girls kept in appalling conditions in Ouagadougou and in mining camps across the West African country Ahmed who has been in Burkina Faso since August 2017 said that over 200 Nigerian girls had been voluntarily repatriated this year According to the Ambassador many of the girls who were promised jobs in the country and Europe by the human traffickers are not willing to return home The spate of human trafficking here in Burkina Faso is a big concern to the embassy because at present we have nothing less than 10 00 Nigerian girls who have been trafficked into Burkina Faso as commercial sex workers And most of these girls are underage most left schools and are roaming about doing commercial sex work in Burkina Faso This apart from been a dent to our country it is also a sort of concern as far as their health is concerned This is very serious to us and most of the girls who want to go back as a result this voluntary repatriation do it because they were tricked they did not know the condition there are going to found themselves here For every Nigerian girl that escapes and wants to go back there are more than 10 in the bush that are willing to carry on she said Ahmed condemned the activities of Nigerian syndicates operating in Burkina Faso vowing that the embassy will continue to track them down and bring the perpetrators to book in collaboration with the local authorities She said the embassy was partnering with the International Organisation for Migration IOM office in Ouagadougou to assist in the voluntary repatriation of some of the victims of human trafficking Two hundred girls have been repatriated to Nigeria by the embassy this is apart from the ones that run to the churches some to other Civil society Organisations CSOs and the International Organisations on Migration IOM In fact the IOM is complaining to the embassy that most its money meant for West Africa is used to repatriate Nigerian girls back home and they are complaining that with time they would not be able to cope with the number So if the embassy alone have repatriated 200 girls you can imagine how many girls the IOM has repatriated and the reason they are complaining she said Ahmed appealed to Nigerian parents and guardians to monitor their children and wards more closely and not to be swayed by promises of greener pastures abroad I am pleading with Nigerian parents that they should know what their children are doing Most of the girls said that their parents don t know that they are here and some will tell us that their parents know and some will say that they were sent by either their father mother uncle This is problem that emanates from the family For the girls I wish to tell them that anybody they see that comes to tell them that he is taking then to somewhere to either be employed as hair dressers or work in the shop these are human traffickers Anybody that will tell them not work in Nigeria but to move outside is simply a human trafficker and they should be weary of such persons she said reports that the Director General of National Agency for the Prohibtion of Trafficking In Persons NAPTIP Julie Okah Donlie while briefing the ECOWAS Parliament on the spate of trafficking in West Africa in December 2018 said that 500 girls were trafficked from Nigeria on daily basis She said that 20 000 Nigerians girls were also discovered in Mali ENO TA Edited by Tajudeen Atitebi
    10,000 Nigerian girls forced into prostitution in Burkina Faso – Ambassador 
      The Nigerian Ambassador to Burkina Faso Ramatu Ahmed says no fewer than 10 000 Nigerian girls are forced into prostitution in Burkina Faso Ahmed disclosed this in an interview with the Nigeria News Agency in Ouagadougou on Monday She said the victims of the sex trade were mainly underage girls kept in appalling conditions in Ouagadougou and in mining camps across the West African country Ahmed who has been in Burkina Faso since August 2017 said that over 200 Nigerian girls had been voluntarily repatriated this year According to the Ambassador many of the girls who were promised jobs in the country and Europe by the human traffickers are not willing to return home The spate of human trafficking here in Burkina Faso is a big concern to the embassy because at present we have nothing less than 10 00 Nigerian girls who have been trafficked into Burkina Faso as commercial sex workers And most of these girls are underage most left schools and are roaming about doing commercial sex work in Burkina Faso This apart from been a dent to our country it is also a sort of concern as far as their health is concerned This is very serious to us and most of the girls who want to go back as a result this voluntary repatriation do it because they were tricked they did not know the condition there are going to found themselves here For every Nigerian girl that escapes and wants to go back there are more than 10 in the bush that are willing to carry on she said Ahmed condemned the activities of Nigerian syndicates operating in Burkina Faso vowing that the embassy will continue to track them down and bring the perpetrators to book in collaboration with the local authorities She said the embassy was partnering with the International Organisation for Migration IOM office in Ouagadougou to assist in the voluntary repatriation of some of the victims of human trafficking Two hundred girls have been repatriated to Nigeria by the embassy this is apart from the ones that run to the churches some to other Civil society Organisations CSOs and the International Organisations on Migration IOM In fact the IOM is complaining to the embassy that most its money meant for West Africa is used to repatriate Nigerian girls back home and they are complaining that with time they would not be able to cope with the number So if the embassy alone have repatriated 200 girls you can imagine how many girls the IOM has repatriated and the reason they are complaining she said Ahmed appealed to Nigerian parents and guardians to monitor their children and wards more closely and not to be swayed by promises of greener pastures abroad I am pleading with Nigerian parents that they should know what their children are doing Most of the girls said that their parents don t know that they are here and some will tell us that their parents know and some will say that they were sent by either their father mother uncle This is problem that emanates from the family For the girls I wish to tell them that anybody they see that comes to tell them that he is taking then to somewhere to either be employed as hair dressers or work in the shop these are human traffickers Anybody that will tell them not work in Nigeria but to move outside is simply a human trafficker and they should be weary of such persons she said reports that the Director General of National Agency for the Prohibtion of Trafficking In Persons NAPTIP Julie Okah Donlie while briefing the ECOWAS Parliament on the spate of trafficking in West Africa in December 2018 said that 500 girls were trafficked from Nigeria on daily basis She said that 20 000 Nigerians girls were also discovered in Mali ENO TA Edited by Tajudeen Atitebi
    10,000 Nigerian girls forced into prostitution in Burkina Faso – Ambassador 
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    10,000 Nigerian girls forced into prostitution in Burkina Faso – Ambassador 

    The Nigerian Ambassador to Burkina Faso, Ramatu Ahmed, says no fewer than 10,000 Nigerian girls are forced into prostitution in Burkina Faso.

    Ahmed disclosed this in an interview with the Nigeria News Agency,   in Ouagadougou on Monday

    She said the  victims of the sex-trade were mainly underage girls kept in appalling conditions in Ouagadougou and in mining camps across the West African country.

    Ahmed, who has been in Burkina Faso since August 2017,  said  that over 200 Nigerian girls had been voluntarily repatriated this year.

    According to the Ambassador,  many of the girls, who were promised jobs in the country and Europe by the human traffickers, are not willing to return home.

    “The spate of human trafficking here in Burkina Faso is a big concern to the embassy because at present, we have nothing  less than 10,00 Nigerian girls who have been trafficked into Burkina Faso as commercial sex workers.

    “And most of these girls are underage; most left schools and are roaming about doing commercial sex work in Burkina Faso.

    “This apart from been a dent to our country, it is also a sort of concern as far as their health is concerned. This is very serious to us and most of the girls who want to go back as a result this voluntary repatriation do it because they were tricked, they did not know the condition there are going to found themselves here.

    “For every Nigerian girl that escapes and wants to go back, there are more than 10 in the bush that are willing to carry on,” she said

    Ahmed condemned the activities of Nigerian syndicates operating in Burkina Faso, vowing that the embassy will continue to track them down and bring the perpetrators to book in collaboration with the local authorities.

    She said the embassy was partnering with the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) office in Ouagadougou to assist in the voluntary repatriation of some of the victims of human trafficking.

    “Two hundred girls have been repatriated to Nigeria  by the embassy, this is apart from the ones that run to the churches, some to other Civil society Organisations (CSOs) and the International Organisations on Migration (IOM).

    In fact, the IOM is complaining to the embassy that most its money meant for West Africa is used to repatriate Nigerian girls back home and they are complaining that with time, they would not be able to cope with the number.

    “So, if the embassy alone have repatriated 200 girls, you can imagine how many girls the IOM has repatriated and  the reason they are complaining,” she said.

    Ahmed appealed to Nigerian parents and guardians to monitor their children and wards more closely and not to be swayed by promises of greener pastures abroad.

    “I am pleading with  Nigerian parents that they should know what their children are doing.

    “Most of the girls said  that their parents don’t know that they are  here  and some will tell us that their parents know and some will say that they were sent by either their father, mother, uncle.

    “This is problem that emanates from the family. For the girls, I wish to tell them that anybody they see that comes to tell them that he is taking then to somewhere to either be employed as hair dressers or work in the shop, these are human traffickers.

    “Anybody that will tell them not work in Nigeria, but to move outside is simply a human trafficker and they should be weary of such persons. she said

    reports that the Director General of National Agency for the Prohibtion of Trafficking In Persons (NAPTIP), Julie Okah Donlie, while briefing the ECOWAS Parliament on the spate of trafficking in West Africa in December 2018 said that 500 girls were trafficked from Nigeria on daily basis.

    She said that 20,000 Nigerians girls were also discovered in Mali. 

    ENO/TA

    Edited by Tajudeen Atitebi

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