A Non-governmental Organisation by the name Girls For Change (GFC), has berated the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) for not engaging in extensive background checks on Captain Hosa Okunbor, before short-listing him for its Anti-Human Trafficking Hero of the Year 2020 Award.
Speaking on behalf of the group, the president Ms. Uwanna Umukoro, said “Captain Hosa Okunbor is not a fit and proper person for NAPTIP’s Anti-Human Trafficking Hero of the Year 2020 Award, because the Benin billionaire has been accused of recruiting young girls, some of them between ages 15-17 for his illicit drug business.”
She also said that, “The Internet is awash with stories of Okunbor’s involvement in illicit drug business with a vast network that spans the continent. Young girls in his ring are used as slaves to pick up and drop off hard drugs in Europe, North and South America and elsewhere. Some of these girls are sex slaves because there is a strong nexus between prostitution and illicit drug deals.”
Ms. Umukoro further maintained that her NGO is set to release some photographs of Okunbor with underage girls at his grand parties, which he organises regularly to host his billionaire friends from different parts of the world.”
Still speaking, the president of Girls For Change (GFC) urged NAPTIP to immediately withdraw the award given to Mr Okunbor and conduct an independent investigation into GFC’s allegation.
“Captain Hosa does not in any way represent the core values of An Anti-Human Trafficking Hero. We will do everything within our power to correct this anomaly.
“NAPTIP erred in its assessment of Okunbor’s character, present and past, and we owe it a duty to draw the attention of the anti-human trafficking organisation and Nigerians in general, to the billionaire’s personality inadequacy,” Ms. Umukoro stressed.
She assured that her organisation is in touch with several of the victims in Benin City and elsewhere, who have been exploited by Hosa and his friends, and are ready to testify if invited.