NAPTIP says award to Captain Hosa Okunbo was based on valuable encouragement and support for its mandate

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The National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) has maintained that its award of 2020 Anti-Human Trafficking Hero to Captain Hosa Okunbo was based on his valuable contribution to and support for the Agency’s mandate.

In a statement, NAPTIP Head, Press and Public Relations, Adekoye Vincent, said the agency was a focused and professional public institution, which “does not involve itself in partisan politics.”

The statement reads: “The attention of the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) has been drawn to a publication by a group called Girls For Change, faulting the Agency’s choice of Captain Hosa Okunbo as its 2020 Anti-Trafficking Hero.

“The group made all kinds of unfounded allegations against Captain Okunbo, which we believe he is more than capable of addressing.

“NAPTIP is a focused and professional public institution which does not involve itself in partisan politics.”

The Agency said that the award to Captain Hosa Okunbo was strictly based on his valuable encouragement and support for the Agency in realising its mandate.

Vincent urged Girls For Change and other such groups to leave NAPTIP out of their petty political bickering.

The National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) recently singled out the Benin-born billionaire businessman, Captain Hosa Okunbo, for recognition as its anti-human trafficking hero on the occasion of the 2020 World Day Against Human Trafficking.

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