Kano State governor, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, has raised the alarm that his state, Kano, is fast becoming a potential endemic state for human trafficking in the country.
This, according to him, was perhaps, because of its status as an emerging business hub of the country, bearing in mind the giant infrastructural investments in the areas of massive road construction, rail line resuscitation, industrialisation and rapid development of small and medium-scale industries and other amenities.
Ganduje expressed hope that the situation will improve for good soon following the recent interventions of the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) through the inauguration of the Kano State task force on human trafficking.
NAPTIP spokesman, Vincent Adekoye, in a statement, indicated that Ganduje raised the alarm during the inauguration of the task force on human trafficking in Kano.
The Director-General of NAPTIP, Senator Basheer Garba Muhammed, in his remarks, explained that the task force on human trafficking in a counter-trafficking initiative and a component of the awareness strategy of the agency was aimed at securing the support of critical stakeholders and partners in the fight against human trafficking and other social problems in the country.
He further stated that Kano State is highly endemic in the statistics of the rescue of victims of human trafficking as well as arrest and prosecution of offenders.
He added that NAPTIP was worried about the ugly trend of the trafficking of young Nigerian women to the Middle-East, who are mostly from Kano and neighboring states, disclosing that in the last 10 days, NAPTIP has successfully rescued 104 victims.