OrderPaperToday – The House of Representatives Committee on Diaspora has summoned the Comptroller-General of Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) over the proliferation of human organ harvesting of Nigerians across the borders.
The Committee which is led by Mrs. Tolulope Akande-Sadipe (Oyo, PDP) issued the directive in Abuja, as the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP), Nigeria Diaspora Commission (NiDCOM) and Federal Ministries of Justice and Labour & Employment appeared before it during an investigative hearing into the ‘rising dehumanization of Nigerians abroad with focus on Temitope Ariwolo’ who has risks jail in Lebanon after being abused.
The Committee sought to get an explanation from the various agencies of government on the alleged organs harvesting of Nigerians and export to foreign countries.
In his presentation, NIS Comptroller General, Mr. Muhammed Babandede claimed not to be aware that human organs are harvested and exported through coolers across the borders. He however argued that “usually when a person is trafficked for organ harvesting you need to take the person to the venue to remove the organs.
“The House may have to talk to doctors to give you guideline I doubt if it is possible to remove organ to take it as far as other country. The best they can do is to traffick the person and you remove the organs.”
While ruling on the issue, Mrs. Akande-Shadipe said, “the plague of organ harvesting by syndicates for export is sad. Again, to imagine that Nigeria has become the hotbed for this inhuman and dastardly act; resulting to several mutilated bodies seen across the nation. We are gathered here once again, to explore avenue for synergy among relevant stakeholders which will in turn bring lasting solution to the ugly trends to an end.”