The National Human Rights Commission has been offered shelter accommodation for victims of rights violation by the National Agency for the Prohibition of Traffic in Persons and other related matters (NAPTIP). While extending her hands of fellowship to the Commission, the Executive Secretary of NAPTIP Mrs. Beatrice Jeddy Agba, said she has enough shelter to accommodate victims of human rights violation and that the Commission can enjoy the facility whenever there is a need for it.
In his earlier remark, the Executive Secretary National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), Prof Bem Angwe said his Commission will not act as a rival agency to the National Agency for the Prohibition of Traffic in Persons and other related matters (NAPTIP), but rather as a sister organization which seeks to give human beings the status of humanity. He disclosed that the essence of his visit is to reaffirm and strengthen the relationship between both organizations in the areas of protecting and promoting the rights of Nigerian citizens. He also sought the participation of NAPTIP in the upcoming sensitization of the general public against human trafficking and modern forms of slavery.
In her response, Mrs. Agba said both organizations have a shared mandate of promotion and protection of human rights as a relevant instrument for achieving human capital development which is encapsulated in the President’s transformation agenda. She said on the issue of trafficking, both institutions should complement each other in their roles. Pointing out that where the criminal justice system fails in the prosecution of cases of human trafficking, the Commission then becomes an alternative platform in dealing with such cases which she says deserve alternative punishment. She equally pledged her support to train relevant staff of the Commission on issues of human trafficking.