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Kano State Government May Relocate Sabon Gari Motor-Park To Check Human Trafficking

As part of measures to check human trafficking, the Kano State government has decided to embark on wide ranging measures to deal with the problem, HumAngle has learnt.

HumAngle learnt that the panel, which the government set up to look into the problem made numerous recommendations, including the relocation of Sabon Gari motor-park from the city centre.

A member of the committee and Chairman Nigeria Union of Journalits in Kano State, Commerade Abbas Ibrahim, in a phone interview said the panel made 40 recommendons on how to deal with the problem.

Ibrahim said the decision to relocate the park was based on the conclusion that numerous atrocities, including human trafficking, took place within the environment.

The panel also recommended mass sensitisation of the populace on how to handle their children, while ward heads would be involved in checking strangers in their midst, he said.

Ibrahim added that the panel called for collaboration among all stakeholders, including security agencies, to monitor activities in the state.

Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje of Kano State on Saturday iinaugurated an Implementation Committee for the report of the Judicial Commission of Inquiry into the abduction of children in the state.

The panel, chaired by Justice Wada Abubakar Umar Rano, was inaugurated on October 31, 2019, and given four weeks to suggest ways of dealing with the situation where children were trafficked from Kano State to other parts of the country.

The Judicial panel was also asked to critically look into the disturbing scenario of missing persons in the state and the circumstances that led to the perpetration of that crime.

The panel was further given the mandate of looking into cases of missing persons from the year 2010 to 2019 when nine children from Kano State were found in Anambra State.

Inaugurating the Implementation Committee at the Government House, Kano, Ganduje said, “After we received the report of the Judicial Commission of Inquiry, we understood that the recommendations as important as they are should best be implemented by those who made the suggestions.

“There are no better persons to implement these recommendations than you, who made the recommendations. There is difference between your former Commission of Inquiry and this Implementation Committee. Your first Committee was time bound and this one is without any limited time.”

The governor said, “Crime being a continuous process, your work should also be a continuous process because we want to be rest assured that this report will not be dumped. It is part of the major reasons why we are revolving you for this assignment.”

Members of the the Implementation Committee are drawn from the public and private organisations as well as civil society groups.

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