The National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons has opened a three-day workshop in Abuja for its investigators as part of measures to combat trafficking in persons in Nigeria.
The investigators were drawn from NAPTIP, including its zonal offices across the country, to gain wider knowledge that would capture all the strategies and methods used by perpetrators of the heinous crime.
The training was supported by International and Ibero-America Foundation for Administration and Public Policies (FIIAPP), a Spanish public foundation implementing Action Against Trafficking in Persons and Smuggling of Migrants (A-TIPSOM) project in Nigeria.
The Director-General of NAPTIP, Julie Okah-Donli, said while declaring the workshop open that training of officers was necessary to explore all the details of the crime.
“the purpose of investigation is to explore, in details, the evidence in-depth, and to determine specifically whether a crime has been committed or not, and if so, identify the nature of the crime and the person responsible.” She said.
“Investigation is necessary to tackle trafficking in persons’ cases. As a matter of fact, human trafficking investigation is an unequivocal obligation under the United Nations’ Transnational Organised Crime Convention 2001.
“The fulcrum of thorough and exhaustive investigation is to prevent similar abuses from happening again.”
Okah-Donli said that the training was also to brainstorm on the menace, currently referred to as modern day slavery. She explained that NAPTIP, from its inception till date, had been taking the bull by the horn to identify perpetrators of human trafficking, while also rescuing, rehabilitating and empowering victims.
She noted that the agency partnered with various stakeholders to advance the fight against human trafficking and had recorded outstanding successes in various areas.
She said that some of the NAPTIP partners built the capacity of staff, while others donated items to victims of human trafficking in NAPTIP shelters.
She reiterated the agency’s commitment to continue to collaborate with stakeholders to combat trafficking and liberate the vulnerable from exploitation.
Rafael-Rios Molina, the A-TIPSOM Team Leader in Nigeria, said the foundation would continue to support NAPTIP in whatever capacity within its jurisdiction.