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Nigeria; Africa’s largest human trafficking market – Stakeholders lament

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By Francesca Iwambe, Abuja

The International community and stakeholders in the fight against human trafficking have decried the growing rate of human trafficking in the country saying, Nigeria has the largest human trafficking market in Africa.

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The stakeholders revealed that even though human trafficking represents one of the most serious human rights violation crimes, women and girls represent the highest number of females trafficked to Europe for prostitution.

Speaking while addressing a press conference on sex trafficking prior to the screening of the Nigerian film Òlòturé, the Sweden Ambassador to Nigeria, Annika Hahn-Englund emphasised the need to put in place long term solutions to address the demands that enforce this exploitation.

Quoting the EU latest progressive report on trafficking of human beings, Hahn Englund said that Nigeria is the main region in Africa with the highest market.

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She further disclosed that governments, international, local organisations as well as key stakeholders have a joint role to play in-order to curb the growing menace.

“While human trafficking is a serious violation of rights, unfortunately, this ugly trend has been going on for years. Every year, over hundreds of women and girls fall victims as they find themselves to foreign countries.

”We need to see the role of the demand in the chain of exploitation and acknowledge the fact that exploitation in prostitution and trafficking for sexual exploitation will not exist if there is no demand.’

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“Sweden on its part has put measure in place that bans the purchase but not the sale of sexual acts since 1999, buyers are punished but people in prostitution are not”, she said.

Also, the United States Ambassador to Nigeria, Mary Beth Leonard, said that human trafficking is a global scourge that violates human rights.

She added that it also destroys families, and undermines national security adding stressing the need to tackle it with all seriousness.

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”Trafficking explores victims vulnerability and robs them of their basic rights of freedom and human dignity.”

”The criminals behind it destroys families and destroys economic market while enriching their own criminal enterprises, it is a brutal and inhumane crime.” she said.

Earlier, the Executive Director, Iroko Onlus Foundation, Esohe Aghatise, said, the International Labour Organization’s (ILO) recent statistics put sexual exploitation industry gain as $99 billion dollars.

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She said, it was unfortunate that girls from Edo State constituted a significant number of the female population trafficked to Europe and other parts of the world for prostitution.

“Most of the girls suffer human rights violations at the hand of their traffickers and those they work for”.

The film screening which was put together by Gloria Steinem’s Equality Fund To End Sex Trafficking was jointly supported by the Embassies of Argentina, France, Italy, Spain, Sweden, the United States, FIIAPP, and United Nations Women.

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NBC Slams TVC, Arise TV N2m Fine For Broadcast Violation

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By Gloria Ikibah

The Nigeria Broadcasting Commission NBC, has sanctioned Television Continental (TVC) and Arise television stations for breaching sections of the Nigeria Broadcasting Code.

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According to a letter by the Director General of the Commission, Barabe Shehu Ilelah, the television houses are to pay a fine of N2m each.

The letter reads in part: “The penalty shall be paid within two weeks of the receipt of this letter or sanction shall be graduated.

“The broadcaster shall ensure that its presenters handle programme with professionalism and sound judgement, to ensure that it does not lose focus or lead to unfair treatment of any person or institution.

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“Broadcasting shall promote human dignity; therefore, hate speech is prohibited. The Broadcaster shall not transmit any programme, programme promotion, community service announcement or station identity, which is likely, in any circumstance, to provoke or perpetuate in a reasonable person, intense dislike, serious contempt or severe ridicule against a person or groups of people because of age, colour, gender, national or ethnic origin, disability race, religion or political leaning”.

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SAD! Customer Dies Inside Bank In Delta

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A customer slumped and died after standing in a queue for long hours at a commercial bank in Agbor, Delta State.

According to the Tribune on Friday, the yet-to-be-identified man died after waiting for hours on end to collect his Automated Teller Machine (ATM) card at the bank’s branch in Ika South Local Government Area, Delta State.

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Confirming his death, the state’s Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Bright Edafe, said, “He was not trying to withdraw cash as claimed; however, he came to the said bank to collect his ATM card.”

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Angry Customers Attack Wema Bank in Ibadan For Inability To Withdraw Money+VIDEO

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A group of angry protesters have attacked Wema Bank Plc at the Ibadan the Oyo State capital.

Naijablitznews.com reports that this is amid the Protest of scarcity of the new naira notes and fuel in Ibadan

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Naijablitznews.co recalled that residents of Ibadan had taken to the streets in protest against the hardship triggered by the naira notes swap and the hike in fuel price.

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) late last year introduced newly-designed N200, N500, and N1,000 notes and gave a January 31st deadline to phase out the old notes. The deadline was later extended by ten days following the outcry by Nigerians over the policy.

Despite the extension, the new notes are scarce and Nigerians are finding it difficult to get the old ones.

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Also, in several parts of the country, the pump price of fuel has increased with people buying the product for as high as N500 per litre. Long queues have also resurfaced in many places.

People are Fed Up with the situation forcing some residents to take to the streets, demanding that the authorities urgently address the situation.

The roads leading to the Iwo area of Ibadan were deserted as the protesters barricaded them. They were also burnfires on the road and reports suggest that a commercial bank was attacked in the process.

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