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Collaboration Is A Tool In Fighting Human Trafficking

The Executive Secretary of the National Agency for the Prohibition of Traffic in Persons and other Related Matters (NAPTIP) Mrs. Beatrice Jedy-Agba, has sued for International cooperation and partnership in combating international crime especially as it concerns human trafficking. This was made known at a seminar organized by NAPTIP in conjunction with the Dutch National Police Agency (KLPD).
 
The NAPTIP boss in her welcome address, said the seminar is in furtherance of a Memoranda of understanding signed by Nigeria and the Netherlands, aimed at establishing and strengthening cooperation with the International bodies and sister law enforcement Agencies, to develop and design effective anti human trafficking strategies necessary for combating trafficking in persons.
 
In his key note address, the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, represented by Prof. Deji Adekunle said the government of Nigeria is doing everything in its powers to reduce the number of trafficked persons originating from Nigeria, and called on destination countries to effectively tackle the demand issues in their own countries, as trafficking in persons is a cross boarder crime which requires countries to collaborate together in combating the crime.
 
The National public Prosecution on trafficking in human beings, Mr. Werner Ten Kate speaking during the seminar, called for Nigeria and the Netherlands to strengthen ties and work together in tackling human trafficking issues, as the crime has stripped people of their human dignity.
 
He further said, investigation by the Netherland government showed that, the crime of human trafficking was carried out by syndicates, especially Nigerians operating in the Netherland and other European countries.
 
According to him,” the only way to roll up this whole gang was to seek cooperation with Nigeria” and effectively put the gang out of business. He therefore called for more programmes and projects that will create barriers against trafficking in human beings.
 
In relation to this, the Norwegian Ambassador expressed his delight with NAPTIP, but urged for greater synergy and partnership in the fight against human trafficking.
 
The Deputy Chairperson House committee on human rights, Hon. Rotimi Makinde, enjoined the public, private and international bodies to collectively mount a road block against trafficking in human beings and called on the Federal Government to address the ASUU problem to deter idle students from being trafficked as victims of human trafficking.
 
In reaction, the Executive Secretary, NAPTIP, said she was grateful to the Dutch government for its support to NAPTIP in the area of capacity building for the Agency’s officers and other law enforcement Agencies. She said this will build the capacity of other relevant agencies in identifying traffickers and the victims of this crime. She also showed gratitude to other stakeholders and called for greater collaboration and partnership.
 
Other dignitaries at the seminar were the Italian Ambassador, Roberto Colamine and the Ugandan high commissioner, Kagimi Maurice.