INAUGURATION OF THE NATIONAL JOINT INTELLIGENCE AND INVESTIGATION COMMITTEE (NJIIC) IN NIGERIA
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 legal assistance. Direct cooperation and communication between authorities is the most efficient method of handling the increased sophistication of organized criminal activities.
On the 9th February 2023 in Abuja, the International and Ibero-American Foundation for Administration and Public Policies (FIIAPP) under the 11th EDF Project known as the Action Against Trafficking in Persons and Smuggling of Migrants, A-TIPSOM (funded by European Union) inaugurated the National Joint Intelligence and Investigation Committee (NJIIC).
The general objective of a NJIIC is to 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.
NJIIC comprises of representatives from National Agency for Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP), Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) and Nigeria Police Force (NPF)
In an opening remark, the team leader of A-TIPSOM Project, Mr. Federico Millan, said, “that combating human trafficking and smuggling of migrants requires a combined effort of all stakeholders, thus, the need for FIIAPP to support the establishment/creation of a Joint Intelligence and Investigation Committee (to drive the process of a Joint Intelligence and Investigation Team) this initiative is premised on the need to strengthen State multi-sectoral response towards combating TIPSOM in Nigeria.”
The inauguration was attended by the Comptroller General of Immigration Service, represented by the Deputy Comptroller General, Wurola Adepoju; the Inspector General of Nigeria Police, represented by the Commissioner of Anti-Human Trafficking of Nigeria Police, Mr. Tobi Afolabi; and the Director-General of NAPTIP represented by Assistant Director of Legal Department, Mr, Samuel Onuorah.
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