Two Suspected Traffickers Escape From NAPTIP Custody


Two suspects who were arrested by the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons, NAPTIP, have escaped from the agency's custody in Lagos.

Stella Nezan, NAPTIP Head of Press and Public Relations, confirmed the incident on Friday.

The suspects are Okeke, 36, and Godwin Nomyange,34.

The suspects were arrested for allegedly trafficking some minors and thereafter held in custody, awaiting prosecution before they escaped from custody.

Nezan confirmedthat the two suspects' escape was aided by NAPTIP officials at the Lagos zonal command two weeks ago.

She said the officials who aided the suspects’ escape had been dismissed by the agency, and would soon be prosecuted for their culpability in the crime.

She said NAPTIP had launched a manhunt for the two suspects.

“NAPTIP has declared two men wanted for human trafficking offences. The suspects from Benue State were unfortunately aided by ex-officers of the agency to escape from custody.

“The NAPTIP Director-General, Julie Okah-Donli, has therefore called on the public to please report any knowledge of their whereabouts to the agency, or the nearest police station. They are considered a threat to the society and should be made to face the music.”

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