Reps moves closer to establishing human trafficking court

OrderPaperToday – The House of Representatives has passed through second reading a bill to create a special court for prosecuting human traffickers.

The amendment bill among other things seeks to codify training on subject of human trafficking and modern day slavery.

The bill was sponsored by Ikon Samuel (APC, Akwa-Ibom) and is entitled: a bill for an act to amend the trafficking in persons (Prohibition) enforcement and administration act.

The bill if passed into law will expand the governing board of the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) by including members from the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

The bill also seek to increase penalty and criminalise certain offenses.

The bill was put to question by the Speaker of the House, Yakubu Dogara and passed. It was subsequently referred to the House committee on Human right for further legislative action

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