As part of the project, Action Against Trafficking in Persons and Smuggling of Migrants (A-TIPSOM) which is funded by European Union, the International and Ibero-America Foundation for Administration and Public Policy (FIIAPP), on 18th Jan 2021 organized a three-day training for Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) officers on Immigration Legislation and Act.
Participants are majorly instructors from the various training institutions of Nigeria Immigration Service with a blend of other core officers from the service headquarters and the FCT Command. They are carefully selected to ensure knowledge gathered is cascaded to other officers of the service with similar job description.
Speaking at the event, A-TIPSOM Institutional Coordinator Mr. Jose Nsang Andeme said the workshop was to support NIS efforts for better performance in combating trafficking and smuggling, and to have a better understanding of the Act that regulates its activities.
He said the training was organised to support NIS and build its capacity, adding that smuggling and trafficking activities were on the increase in the country.
According to him, I will say that our immediate output for this training is to have NIS official with clear understanding of what their mandate is and how to fulfil it.
“We expect to see a reinforced and improved NIS performance in combating smuggling of migrants,” Andeme said.
Also, the NIS Comptroller-General, Mr Muhammad Babandede, charged investigation officers of the service to always embark on thorough investigation before submitting their findings for prosecution.
Babandede said there was a huge gap between investigators and prosecutors, noting that there was need for a synergy between the two to enable them to carry out successful investigation.
He said there was need to bridge the gap, so that investigators and prosecutors could work closely together.
“The arrest you are going to carry out, the search you will conduct must be guided by the prosecutor who will face the law, face the court to convince the court that a crime was actually committed.
“In the whole of all in this country, we need to find opportunity to bridge this gap, so that investigator and prosecutor can closely work together,” Babandede said.
In his remarks, Mr Jorgis Martinez, the Senior Assistant, Spanish Ministry of Interior, thanked FIIAPP for the training.
Martinez said that the Spain Embassy, especially the national police member, had been in continuous collaboration with NIS.
He said the two organizations had built a very strong relationship, adding that, Spain Embassy and its national police would continue to support NIS in the fight against smuggling of migrants and trafficking in persons.
Martinez thanked Babandede for paving the opportunity to further enhance the collaboration between the Spain Embassy and NIS, adding that, officers participating at the training would gain more knowledge.