OVERVIEW OF THE DEPARTMENT
Investigation and Monitoring Department NAPTIP Headquarters, Abuja is the investigative arm of the Agency saddled with general investigation of cases of human trafficking for sexual or labour exploitation and violence against persons. The Department is headed by a Director who oversees and co-ordinates all investigation activities as well as its operations and personnel. It is blessed with a couple of experienced and well trained personnel in addition to seconded officers from the Nigeria Police Force, the Nigeria Immigration Service, Defence Intelligence Agency and Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps. The Agency has 9 (nine) Zonal Commands each with a functional investigation Unit and manned by an investigation officer (Head of Operation) under the supervision of the Zonal Commander, who in turn reports to the Director- General of the Agency. The Zonal Command Headquarters are in Lagos, Enugu, Uyo, Maiduguri, Makurdi, Sokoto, Kano and Oshogbo respectively.
For effectiveness and efficiency, the Department has other Units and Sub-Units which are headed by competent Officers, namely National Monitoring Centre (NMC) responsible for Call Centre and Data Processing, Asset and Financial Investigation, Surveillance, Forensics, Detention and Release, Exhibits, Security and Squads.
The organogram reflects not only the divisions and sub-units but also the structures and operations of the Department. Click Here
Section 12 (i) (i) (a) – (d) of the Trafficking in Persons (Prohibition) Enforcement and Administration Act, 2015 outlines the mandate of the Department. The Investigation and Monitoring Department shall:-
(a) Be responsible for the prevention and detection of offences under this Act;
(b) Collaborate with the Nigeria Immigration Service and other relevant law enforcement agencies in charge of entry and exit for the purpose of detecting offences under this Act;
(c) Investigate, trace and identify the proceeds, assets and properties of persons derived from acts which constitute an offence under this Act; and
(d) Effect the confiscation or forfeiture of such proceeds, assets and properties in collaboration with the Legal and Prosecution Department.
In addition to the above, the Department investigates all forms of violence against persons in line with Section 44 Violence Against Persons (Prohibition) Act, 2015 which applies only to Federal Capital Territory FCT, Abuja.
The Department employs various methods in carrying out its investigation activities which include but not limited to the following;
(a) Proactive Investigation
(b) Reactive Investigation
(c) Disruptive operations
(e) Joint Operations and other Intelligence cooperation mechanisms
The Department in carrying out its duties is committed to fair and just investigation process and respects the rights of all persons as enshrined in the Constitution of Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 and other global instruments on the rights of suspects and victims of human trafficking. Absolute confidentiality and protection of witnesses and informants are of high priority to the Department.