Trafficking in Persons is one of the fastest growing global criminal activities fuelled and sustained partly by globalization, bad governance, corruption and the demand for cheap labour and sexual services.
Nigeria has demonstrated strong commitment by domesticating the Protocol through the creation of an effective response against Trafficking in Persons (TIP) by enacting the Trafficking in Persons (Prohibition) Law Enforcement and Administration (TIPPLEA) Act, 2003 as amended in 2005. The Act, which was re-enacted as the Trafficking in Persons (Prohibition) Enforcement and Administration (TIPPEA) Act, 2015, established the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP), to lead national efforts against the crime.
However, the need for specialized capacity building for NAPTIP officers is paramount to tackling human trafficking in Nigeria. Such specialized areas include but not limited to Intelligence Gathering, Investigation & Monitoring, & Legal and Prosecution.
On 12th to 14th Jan 2021, the International and Ibero-America Foundation for Administration and Public Policy (FIIAPP) organized a three-day workshop in Keffi, Nasarawa State for intelligent officers of National Agency for Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP), as part of measures to combat trafficking in persons in Nigeria. The training which focused on intelligent gathering was facilitated by security experts from the National Institute of Security Studies.
The training was organized to provide robust intelligence gathering system for the agency and to ensure that intelligent officers can apply identification, apprehension and rescue measures when confronted with a new trend and pattern of the human trafficking situation.
The activity is part of the Action Against Trafficking in Persons and Smuggling of Migrants Project (A-TIPSOM) which is funded by the European Union and implemented by FIIAPP, a Spanish public foundation.
On 25th November 2020 FIIAPP collaborated with Spanish National Police and Frontex(EU Border agency) to train NAPTIP investigators on the strategies and methods used by perpetrators of human trafficking. Similarly, there is an ongoing collaboration with Netherland National Police to train more investigators.
The Director-General of NAPTIP, Mrs. Imaan Sulaiman-Ibrahim, while declaring the workshop open stated that the training of officers was necessary to explore all the details of the crime. She said, “the training will enable NAPTIP to improve her intelligent gathering techniques”. While charging her officers to make good use of the opportunity, she commended FIIAPP and European Union for their support.
Speaking at the event, the Senior Project Officer Mr. Joseph Sanwo, who represented the A-TIPSOM Team Leader Mr. Rafael Rios, said, “this workshop is under one of the 5P’s, which is Prosecution (Investigation) adopted by the A-TIPSOM Project.” He further stated that apart from the training, FIIAPP is supporting NAPTIP and other beneficiaries in the areas of Prevention, Protection, Policy, and Partnership.
Joseph Chidiebere Osuigwe
Consultant, Communication and Awareness