By Ajibola Abayomi,
The Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCD), Nigerian Police, Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria (FAN), National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) gathered in the heart of Abuja to chart a course for a robust intelligence, networking and synergy for the Identification of suspected traffickers and human smugglers.
A statement from the NIS signed by the National Public Relations Officer of the agency, Deputy Comptroller James Sunday said : “Human trafficking affects the most vulnerable groups women and children, the girl child is at the centre of the scourge, a situation where they are lured and ensnared, forced into servitude, forced labour and sex trafficking, harvest of human organs and other forms of manipulation and exploitation.
He said the Combined team of the operatives drawn from formations where traffickers and human smugglers were likely to use as routes the airports, seaports, land border frontiers were brought together to reason together to proffer solutions and way forward that would strengthen prosecution of identified perpetrators.
The Action Against Trafficking in Persons and Smuggling of Migrants Project(A-TIPSOM) has continued to build the capacities of law enforcement agencies through collaboration with (FIAPP) Ibero-American Foundation for Administration and public policy, Spanish public foundation, the training was funded by European Union under the A-TIPSOM Project and implemented by FIAPP.
Participants were drawn from Edo, FCT, Kano, Katsina, Sokoto, Ogun and Lagos. James said the training would improve identification, investigation and prosecution of suspected human traffickers and smugglers of migrants and their networks through synergy among relevant agencies.
Meanwhile, the Comptroller General of NIS, Muhammad Babandede MFR has reiterated that synergy among all the relevant agencies was key to combating trafficking in persons and smuggling of migrants from source countries through the transit and to the destination country, a chain that he said must be broken to stop the ugly trends.
Babandede was represented by the Assistant Comptroller General of Immigration in charge of the Migration Directorate ACG Wuraola Adepoju, who also add her voice to the need for synergy among the operatives.