Foundation Trains Law Enforcement Officers to Combat Human Trafficking in the North East

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By Yakubu Uba

The International and Ibero-American Foundation for Administration and Public Policy (FIIAPP) has trained 75 law enforcement officers in the fight against human trafficking and migrant smuggling in the Northeast.

Participants were drawn from the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP), the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) and the Security and Defense Corps Nigeria Civil Service (NSCDC) in Adamawa, Bauchi, Borno, Gombe, Yobe and Taraba States.

Project team leader Rafael Molina said this at the end of Wednesday’s three-day training exercise in Maiduguri.

He said the training was designed to build staff capacity to identify migrant smuggling and human trafficking in order to successfully investigate and prosecute perpetrators.

Represented by Sani Dantuni, Technical Advisor, Project Criminal Investigation, Molina said the exercise was part of the Action Against Trafficking in Persons and Smuggling of Migrants (A-TIPSOM) well implemented by FIIAPP with the support of the European Union.

“The A-TIPSOM project is part of the 11th European Development Fund (EDF) signed between the European Union and the Federal Government of Nigeria.

“The overall objective of this project is to contribute to the series of initiatives of the Nigerian government aimed at reducing the rate of Trafficking in Persons (TIP) and Smuggling of Migrants (SOM) at the national and regional levels, and between the Nigeria and the EU, with particular emphasis on women and children.

“This is done through direct support to the NPF, NIS, NAPTIP and civil society organizations represented by the Network Against Child Trafficking, Abuse and Labor (NACTAL),” he said. declared.

Also speaking, Orakwue Arinze, Director of Training and Workforce Development of NAPTIP said that human trafficking portends economic and security implications in Nigeria if not effectively contained. .

He said the training would not only reposition the officers, but also ensure synergy between different law enforcement agencies in the fight against human trafficking. (NAN)(www.nanneww.ng)

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