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Group sensitises Enugu traders to dangers of human trafficking, organ harvesting

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Group sensitises Enugu traders to dangers of human trafficking, organ harvesting

 

An NGO, Devatop Centre for Africa Development (DCAD), has sensitised traders in Enugu to dangers of human trafficking, organ harvesting and the need to report cases of human trafficking.

Members of the group, took the campaign to Kenyatta Market Enugu, carrying placards with inscription, “No more silence on human trafficking, “If you see human trafficking, Talkam”, and others.

The Zonal Coordinator, DCAD, Kingsley Ozo who led the campaign, decried the frequent issues of trafficking in persons and organ harvesting in the country.

He told the traders that the campaign inside the market was to sensitise members of the public, especially traders, to the dangers of human trafficking and organ harvesting.

Ozo said DCAD and its partners had taken same campaign to some communities in Enugu State such as Nkanu, Obeleagu Umuna and Enugu capital.

According to him, the programme which is carried out under Palladium, a leading implementer of international development programmes, is being funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and implemented in Nigeria by DCAD.

The zonal coordinator told the traders not to be silent after seeing any case of human trafficking or organ harvesting around, urging them to speak out to end the menace.

“We have a referral centre where victims are counseled; you should report cases of trafficking and organ harvesting to appropriate authority for necessary actions to be taken,” he advised.

He also advised parents and guardians to stop giving out their children to people for child labour or organ harvesting, noting that most times people were trafficked in the name of rendering help to their families.

Responding. Chairman of Kenyatta Market Association, Mr Chinwuba Igwesi, thanked the group for the campaign, stressing that security agents should intensify the fight against kidnapping and trafficking in persons.

The chairman, who decried the rising cases of human trafficking, kidnapping, organ harvesting and banditry in Nigeria, said it was not something one would ignore.

He wondered why some people had taken to kidnapping and trafficking, adding that Nigeria was not known for that in the past.

“I don’t know why when you sent someone to school or somewhere, you would not rest until the person came back,” he said, while praying for God’s intervention.

 

He advised parents and guardians to keep their children together, always pray for them and keep them busy.

“Going outside, playing anyhow, does not help now and every parent should have open eyes on their children,” he further advised.

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Osun Poly Student, Olanrewaju Olatona killed by hit-and-run one-way driver

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A Student Of Osun State Polytechnic, Iree, Osun State, has died after being hit by a trailer driver on Monday, April 15.

The Accident was said to have occurred when the driver, who was reportedly driving against traffic, collided with the motorcycle conveying a student named Olanrewaju Olatona and another passenger along the Ikirun-Osogbo road area of the state.

Due to the severe impact, Olanrewaju Olatona, a National Diploma 2 student, suffered fatal injuries. He died at the scene.

 

Olatona, who was the Financial Secretary of the Department of Mass Communication, was preparing for the one-year Industrial Training programme.

The driver fled the scene after the accident and has not been apprehended.

Subsequently, Osun State Polytechnic students organised a procession in front of the school gate and blocked the expressway for several hours.

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Unknown Gunmen Abduct Channelstv Reporter In Port-harcourt

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Some unknown gunmen have kidnapped Joshua Rogers, the ChannelsTV reporter in Port-Harcourt, the Rivers State capital.

Politics Nigeria learnt that Rogers was picked up close to his residence at Rumuosi in Port Harcourt and to an unknown destination by the gunmen around 9pm on Thursday, April 11.

The reporter was driving his official ChannelsTV branded car when the hoodlums accosted, pointed a gun at him and took him away in the same vehicle.

 

Rogers was said to be returning from his official assignment in Government House after a trip to Andoni for a government event when the incident happened.

Already, the gunmen were said to have contacted his wife and demanded a N30million ransom for bis release.

His cameraman confirmed the incident and appealed to his abductors to set him free unconditionally.

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