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Organ Harvest: Reps call for protection of Nigerians

The House of Representatives has called on Ministries Departments and Agencies (MDAs) to work in synergy to protect Nigerians against organ harvests for export.

Chairman, House Committee on Diaspora, Mrs Tolulope Sadipe who made this call at an Investigative Hearing with relevant MDAs also asked the agencies to intensify the fight against human trafficking.

Mrs Sadipe lamented that there were cases where Nigerians travel abroad for medical tourism only to discover years later that a vital organ had been stolen.

She said there are also cases where human organs have been taken away from Nigeria through land and air borders without consent, alleging that some Nigerians collaborate with foreigners to perpetrate these crimes.

The lawmaker further said some innocent Nigerians are made to suffer inhuman treatments and in some cases, death over an offense they do not commit or know nothing about.

The Chairman of the Diaspora Committee recommended the establishment of Legal Desk in all Nigerian missions to provide legal services to Nigerians living abroad that cannot afford to hire lawyers to defend them.

Addressing the lawmakers, Julie Okah-Donli, the Director-General, National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) called for adequate sensitisation of Nigerians to identify with Nigerian Missions in their host countries to easily access help, particularly legal services as there are many Nigerian lawyers globally.

Ibrahim Shehu

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