In complex and time-sensitive investigations, speed and efficiency are of the essence. However, in many cases, the operational needs of the authorities involved are not fully met by the traditional channels of mutual assistance. Direct cooperation and communication between authorities is the most efficient method of handling the increased sophistication of organized criminal activities.
To promote effective multi-agency operational collaboration at all levels and reduce rivalry among law enforcement agencies, the International Ibero-America Foundation for Administration and Public Policies (FIIAPP), under the Action Against Trafficking in Person and Smuggling of Migrants Project (A-TIPSOM) funded by the European Union, hosted a meeting to plan for the support of these Law Enforcement Agencies in entering into an all encompassing collaborative MoU, which will cover data sharing, intelligence sharing, creation of joint investigation team(when needed), joint arrests, mutual assistance etc.
The meeting which held on the 6th and 7th of April 2022 in Nasarawa State was attended by representatives from National Agency for Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP), Nigeria Police Force, and Nigeria Immigration Service.
Speaking at the event, the Team leader of A-TIPSOM Project, who was represented by the Technical Advisor on Partnership, Mrs. Ugo Ogbunude said that the meeting was meant to create a pathway for creation of a joint investigation team, amongst other benefits, which will enhance effective operational collaboration among agreeing Law Enforcement Agencies (national, regional and international) while reducing or eradicating the bottle necks encountered ordinarily in seeking mutual assistance.