The road has come to an end for a notorious human trafficker identified as 33-year-old Monday Ugbo after he was arrested by operatives of the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) Benin Command after weeks of surveillance.
Mr Ugbo’s name has allegedly come up several times in quite a number of human trafficking cases being handled by the command thus why a surveillance was mounted on his activities. He lived at number 72 Osayande Street, Upper Sakponba Road, Benin City.
The notorious trafficker was reportedly apprehended in the early hours of Friday while in the process of receiving a registration fee of N50,000 which he had demanded from a prospective victim. NAPTIP swooped down on him following intelligence reports that he was harbouring some girls whom he intended to traffic abroad in his house. The girls were rescued in the nick of time since Mr Ugbo was already preparing to take them to a river later that morning for oath taking, a prerequisite for taking them abroad.
Mr. Ugbo claimed to be a bricklayer, but investigations by NAPTIP suggests he has been in the business of human trafficking for a long time and operates with another woman who is now at large.
Human trafficking is a scourge in the country as many of these victims are first duped out of their money here in Nigeria with promises of better lives abroad. They will later be duped again when they get overseas as many of them are forced into prostitution and other dehumanising endeavours. There was the heartbreaking story of how Nigerian teenagers were turned to sex slaves and forced to sleep with at least 20 men everyday.
The Director-General of NAPTIP, Julie Okah-Donli, commended the operatives and assured that there is no hiding place for human traffickers anymore in Nigeria as the agency and her partners have resolved to collaborate more appropriately in stopping further trafficking of Nigerians both within and outside of Nigeria.
Similarly, the Nigeria Immigrations Service (NIS) has rescued over 21 victims of human trafficking and handed them over to NAPTIP. The age of the victims range between 18 and 34 years. One human trafficking suspect was also handed over