The National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) and the International Criminal Police Organisation (INTERPOL) have agreed to forge an alliance in the fight against trafficking in persons especially those across the nations’ borders. INTERPOL is an intergovernmental organization facilitating international police cooperation across the globe, cutting across 190 countries.
As a result, an Officer has been appointed by INTERPOL Nigeria to act as Liaison between the two Agencies. He is to maintain close contact with NAPTIP on daily basis to ensure that all international trafficking in persons cases being handled by NAPTIP have full cooperation of the International Police.
This was agreed upon today in Abuja at a meeting between the Commissioner of Police and Head of INTERPOL National Central Bureau, Mr. Olushola Subair and the Acting Director-General of NAPTIP, Alhaji Abdulrazak Dangiri.
Speaking at the meeting, the Acting Director-General stressed the need for Law Enforcement Agencies to cooperate with each other to rid the country of criminal elements. ‘’Criminals will always capitalise on loopholes created by lack of cooperation and proper collaboration amongst crime fighters to actualize their goals in any society’’, he stated.
‘’Issue of security of lives and property is one that requires joint actions and I am excited that INTERPOL and NAPTIP are going to be working in a more strategic manner from today to deal with issues of international trafficking. This relationship with make it easier for use to deal with the many pending cases with international dimensions”, he added.
He also stated that many Nigerians are languishing in various prisons across the world as a result of different crimes including trafficking in persons and other migration issues, adding that the situation has caused the country lots of international embarrassment.
‘’We all have to do our best to clean up the system as a support to the nation and the present administration that is standing on the principles of sincerity, transparency, accountability and security of lives and property’’, Dangiri further added.
He however, pledged total cooperation of the Agency in working with INTERPOL especially in the areas of Intelligence sharing and operations.
Speaking earlier, the Commissioner of Police and Head of the INTERPOL said that the reason for the meeting was to re-enforce the existing cooperation between the two organisations. Subair added that the decision to appoint a Liaison Officer was aimed at ensuring prompt response whenever a case comes up or in dealing with intelligence issues concerning the trafficking of persons into or outside Nigeria.
Head, Press and Public Relations (NAPTIP)
April 25, 2016