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NEWS UPDATE: NAPTIP, Police, NIS personnel trained to curb migrant smuggling

NEWS UPDATE: NAPTIP, Police, NIS personnel trained to curb migrant smuggling

No fewer than 45 personnel drawn from the Nigeria Law Strength, Nigeria Immigration Service, and National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) have been trained in Calabar, Cross River Province working capital, on how to stem the rising tide of human trafficking and migrant smuggling in Nigeria.

Participants were selected from the southeast, south-south and southwest offices of the 3 law enforcement agencies.

The squad leader of Activeness Against Trafficking in Individual and Smuggling of Migrants (A-TIPSON), Rafael Molina spoke at the two-day preparation workshop on the investigation of trafficking in persons and smuggling of migrants.

Molina said the preparation is meant to strengthen the capabilities of the personnel in investigating migrant smuggling and human trafficking for the successful prosecution of perpetrators.

He disclosed that “the preparation is section of the 11th European Evolution Fund signed betwixt the European Union and the Federal Authorities.

“The overall objective of this preparation is to contribute to the initiatives of Nigeria’s regime towards decreasing the ratio of trafficking in persons at the national and regional level, and betwixt Nigeria and the European Union, with specific emphasis on women and children.”

A speaker at the preparation Aondoaver Kuttuh who spoke on Trafficking In Persons Identification and Key Indicators and Financial Investigation mentioned that human trafficking is not limited to stealing human beings but includes failure to document victims and or aiding children recruited as fry soldiers, fry bandits.

“There are thousands of perpetrators who are not identified or arrested. Participants should increment the tempo of their investigations. Numberless trafficking cases are ongoing in Nigeria without notice.

“In fact, internal trafficking is bigger than external and is estimated at 58%. Children such as house assist, street beggars and unprotected kids, are ofttimes the major targets of perpetrators,” he said.

He disclosed that in 2019, the number of victims rescues was 1152.

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