Former Inspector General of Police, Solomon Arase has urged parents to thoroughly investigate the background of people before entrusting their children to them.
Arase gave this advice on Thursday during a book launch, ‘We are priceless’ authored by a crime reporter, Juliana Francis in Lagos.
The former IGP and current Police Service Commission chair, said it was important for parents to prioritise the safety and well-being of the young and thus, profiling individuals who express interest in caring for children is a responsible approach.
“Parents should not simply hand over their children to anyone who volunteers to take them to the city or elsewhere. It is important to assess the character, reputation, and intentions of individuals before making such decisions,” stated the former IGP.
“Keep a tab on your kids as they go along. Get the phone number of who they are going to stay with and know what they are doing. It is a holistic approach,” Mr Arase added, suggesting that training law enforcement officers was essential in countering these crimes.
He said this could be achieved by educating law enforcement personnel about the signs and the checklist of indicators associated with human trafficking and other crimes against children.
Godwin Morka, a retired director of the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP), called for collective responsibility in combating the crime.
“There is a need for a concerted effort by all to stop human trafficking. It is doing great damage to Nigerian youths, particularly the female gender. The book launched by Francis is one way to the directive. Others should join in any capacity in fighting the menace,” Mr Morka said.