NAPTIP Issues Warning Against Fake Oil and Gas Job Offers Exploiting Unsuspecting Victims

The National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) has issued a stern warning to the public regarding fraudulent job offers from entities posing as oil and gas companies. In a statement released on Sunday, NAPTIP cautioned against falling prey to suspected human traffickers who lure unsuspecting individuals, particularly those aged between 15 and 35 years, with false promises of lucrative employment opportunities.

According to Prof. Fatima Waziri-Azi, the Director-General of NAPTIP, these traffickers exploit global brand trademarks and offer unrealistic job offers in gold mining and oil companies, with monthly incomes as high as $900. However, these promises are deceptive, serving as bait to ensnare victims into various forms of exploitation.

Adekoye Vincent, NAPTIP’s Chief Communications Officer, emphasized the emergence of this disturbing trend, warning individuals to exercise caution and skepticism before accepting enticing offers. Victims are often instructed to provide substantial amounts of money for documentation and logistical expenses, only to have their funds confiscated upon arrival at their destination.

Waziri-Azi reiterated the importance of vigilance and discernment, urging Nigerians not to allow desperation to cloud their judgment. She underscored NAPTIP’s commitment to combating human trafficking through enhanced partnerships, diligent prosecution, and extensive awareness campaigns, resulting in increased convictions of traffickers.

Highlighting the targeted demographic of victims, particularly those trafficked through Ode Jetty in Lagos to neighboring West African countries, Waziri-Azi urged individuals to ask questions and seek second opinions before accepting job offers. She urged the public to report suspected cases of human trafficking, reaffirming NAPTIP’s dedication to protecting the rights and dignity of all Nigerians.


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