The headquarters of the A-TIPSOM project in Abuja, Nigeria, hosted on June 26 a regional cooperation meeting on human trafficking and irregular immigration with the participation of representatives of the A-TIPSOM project in Nigeria, the three Nigerian government institutions participating in the A-TIPSOM project (NAPTIP, Nigeria Police Force, Nigeria Immigration Service), the Department of Security and Immigration of the Republic of Niger, the ECI Niger project, the Spanish Embassy and the British High Commissioner in Nigeria.
Considering the participation of the inspector in charge of the investigations on human trafficking and irregular immigration of the Niger Police, efforts were made to strengthening the implementation of cooperation agreements between Nigeria and Niger. In this regard, it was recalled that bilateral and regional cooperation are already framed in legal instruments such as: 1) the UN Conventions against organized transnational crime, 2) the Cooperation Agreement between the Member States of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) with regards to criminal police cooperation 3) the Cooperation Protocol on cross-border issues between the Government of Niger and the Government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria signed in May 15, 2009,
It should be noted that, within the framework of the regional cooperation pillar of the A-TIPSOM Project, efforts have been made to establish a framework for cooperation with homologous institutions from neighbouring countries. In that sense, a schedule of visits to exchange information with the different country’s institutions will be set in the following months.
For the A-TIPSOM project a robust partnership and international alliances in the fight against trafficking in persons and smuggling of migrants is of utmost importance, specially, as it concerns police and judiciary cooperation.