Trafficking in Persons is one of the fastest growing global criminal activities fueled 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, there are still needs for specialized capacity building for human trafficking and Smuggling of Migrants investigators so as to improve their investigation and Prosecution while protecting the minors.
On 10th to 12th March 2021, the International and Ibero-America Foundation for Administration and Public Policy (FIIAPP) organized a three-day workshop in Keffi, Nasarawa State for prosecutors of National Agency for Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP), Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), Nigeria Police Force (NPF) and Federal Ministry of Justice
According to the Technical Advisor on Investigation and Prosecution, Mr. Sani Dantuni Bello who represented the A-TIPSOM Team Leader, Rafael Rios Molina, “the training is in response to address the gaps identified during the Training Needs assessment on investigation and Prosecution held in July 2020 in Abuja”.
He said that the objective was to enhance capacity of prosecutors from both agencies and ministry in different areas of handling Prosecution cases of TIP and SOM particularly in managing challenges of child victims/witnesses, Forfeiture and Assets recovery, evidence handling and Information technology and legal practice (ACJA 2015)
Previously, 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. A similar specialized training on Intelligence gathering was also held in January 2021 in Keffi for NAPTIP Intelligence officers.
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.
Joseph Chidiebere Osuigwe
Consultant, Communication and Awareness Officer