The Journalists International Forum For Migration (JIFORM) has described its recent advocacy against human trafficking in Nigeria and its focus on trafficked Nigerians in the middle east especially in Lebanon and Iraq as service to humanity.
A statement signed on Sunday on behalf of JIFORM in Lagos said the body shall continue to campaign against in-human treatment and exploitation of human traffickers as evident in Iraq where a pregnant is awaiting evacuation from the nation following JIFORM’s intervention.
“We consider the role we have played on the pregnant Chika Nwoadu’s matters in Iraq as our calling and responsibility being a media body. It was deliberate on our part not to raise alarm and caused the family to panic unduly, however, we are satisfied with the journalistic skills we had deployed to achieve this feat without hurting any of the parties.
“We commend the Nigerian Government’s commitment and response to distress calls by her citizens worldwide. Great work is being done by the Nigerians In Diaspora Commission (NiDCOM) and other foreign missions.
“It is our belief that the National Agency for Prohibition of Trafficking In Persons (NAPTIP) will lead other efforts to arrest and prosecute human traffickers exploiting millions of Nigerian youths by capitalising on their innocence.
“Our doors are always opened to consultation and collaboration aimed at serving humanity in order to further open the economic space for the empowerment of all segments of the society to stem all forms of irregular migration and unplanned journeys”.