In a bid to tackle the evolving nature of crime related to Trafficking in Persons and Smuggling of Migrants (TIPSOM), Nigerian law enforcement agencies and the Federal Ministry of Justice have embarked on a study visit to Madrid, Spain. This unique opportunity is part of the Action Against Trafficking in Persons and Smuggling of Migrants project, funded by the European Union and implemented by FIIAPP. The aim is to strengthen institutional and operational collaboration between the two countries, particularly in combatting TIPSOM, which poses a significant challenge globally.
With the advent of globalization, technological advancements, and population growth, the dynamics of crime have changed, allowing criminal networks to exploit open borders and cyberspace transactions. This has resulted in a rising crisis for both victims and societies worldwide. Nigeria, being a source, transit, and destination country, holds strategic importance in combating this crime.
Spain has gained international recognition for its effective and result-driven strategies in tackling TIPSOM. Recognizing this, the study visit to Madrid seeks to achieve two major objectives. Firstly, it aims to build institutional capacities by providing Nigerian lead agencies combating TIPSOM with firsthand knowledge of the Spanish approach and strategies. This exchange of expertise will enhance Nigeria’s efforts to combat these crimes effectively.
Secondly, the study visit focuses on building operational capacities through the exchange of intelligence and information between the two countries. This collaboration aims to improve investigations and prosecutions in line with relevant national and international protocols concerning TIPSOM. By addressing the gaps and deficiencies in information flow, the study visit aims to enhance the operational effectiveness of both countries in combating these crimes.
During their visit to Spain, the Nigerian delegations interacted with key Spanish organizations involved in combating TIPSOM. These include the Central Unit Against Immigration Networks and Documentary Falsities, the Institutional visit of FIIAPP, the Madrid Airport, Ryanair’s Head of Security, the Intelligence Center against Terrorism and Organized Crime, and the Attorney General’s Office’s Human Trafficking Unit. These visits provided valuable insights into Spanish practices and facilitate discussions on collaboration and potential solutions.