Nigerian Journalists tasked on reportage on human trafficking, irregular migration

The Justice, Development, and Peace Commission wants journalists to engage more in investigative reporting to expose perpetrators of human trafficking within and outside the country.

The Programme Manager of the Commission, Timothy Ejeh made the call at the end of a three-day training for some journalists in Abuja on effective coverage and reporting on trafficking in persons in Nigeria.

Mr Ejeh, who explained that the training under the Action Against Trafficking in Persons Cluster was aimed at equipping journalists with relevant skills and knowledge on the issue, urged them to give adequate publicity to advocacy campaigns to address the menace.

A resource person, Isah Nasir Muazu, described trafficking in persons as a worrisome global phenomenon that needed the collaboration of all stakeholders and tasked journalists with beaming their searchlight on the issue even at the grassroots to reduce human trafficking, child labour, and irregular migration.

Mr Muazu, a former BBC reporter, said investigation and exposure of human trafficking crimes would help to step down the issues in the society and strengthen the human dignity

The Executive Director, JDPC, Reverend Father Solomon Uko acknowledged the determination of Journalists at the training to collaborate with the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons, and Security Agencies to rescue Victims and help the Country to get rid of Human Traffickers.

The training had the support of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Palladium Project.

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