Director – General of the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) Dame Julie Okah –Donli has called on the European Union and other partner to ensure proper profiling of victims of human trafficking before they are return to Nigeria in order to ascertain their status and the type of rehabilitation and reintegration to be accorded them.
She said NAPTIP is interested in a well – formulated pre-return activities that will expose some of the traffickers, give victims choice of alternative livelihood and also prevent them from being re- trafficked.
The NAPTIP boss stated this in her office while receiving a delegation of the European Union and Operation Division – Return support Unit of the FONTEX who paid her a courtesy visit.
FRONTEX is a European Border and Coast Guard Agency that is presently coordinating the process of the voluntary return of migrants from European Countries.
The Director – General who was represented by the Director, Legal and Prosecution Department, Mr. Abdurahim Opotu Shuaibu, lauded the international community for the interest shown on issues of human trafficking and illegal migration as well as the operations of the Agency. She called for a comprehensive approach towards the process of returning some of the illegal migrants.
“Like I have been saying in my previous fora, there is the need to always ensure proper profiling of the returnees in order to ascertain the true status of all of them. It may interest you to note that among those that are being processed for return, there are traffickers there as well as other people with divers crimes.
“We must change the way we handle them so that we will get good result. We need to ensure that they are not only returned, but make sure that the entire package is such that they will not be re-trafficked and that it is in line with the standard protocol on voluntary returnees” , the Director – General said.
She called for the inclusion of NAPTIP operatives in the entire programme.
Speaking earlier, the leader of the Frontex delegation who is also a migration expert, Robert Reifschneider, disclosed that the visit was to identify the best way to achieve proper return of voluntary migrant through identification and coordination.
The visit was a prelude to the implementation of the voluntary return project of the European Union which entails reintegration of 3800 migrants.
For Head, Press and Public Relations Unit