By; RAYMOND TEDUNJAYE, Lagos.
The Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) and the National Agency for the prohibition of Trafficking in Person and other related matters (NAPTIP) have renewed their strategic relationship in the fight against the two hydra headed and dehumanising transnational crimes that has forced young Nigerian women, ladies and children to forced labour, servitude sex slavery and other forms of abuse.
The Comptroller General of Immigration Service Muhammad Babandede, at a joint meeting with the Director General NAPTIP highlighted areas of strategic collaboration and inter agency collaboration that must be adopted for the duo to be tackled and the traffickers or smugglers source of financing the criminal acts cut off by a sustained fight and interventions by the two agencies and the international development partners and the International Communities.
This was contained in a release by Service public relations officer, Sunday James, a Deputy Comptroller on behalf of the Comptroller General.
Babandede stated that the ‘Victims should not be victimised after the ordeal of being trafficked or smuggled’ as a means of prosecuting cases of TIP and SOM
He advised that minors should not be subjected to public trial as witnessed, to avoid a traumatic exposure,but they should be protected and giving human treatment,with respect to their fundamental human rights.
The NAPTIP boss Mrs. Imaan Ibrahim assured the Babandede of her agency s collaboration and cooperation in ensuring that the country’s rating improves and a new image launder for Nigerian youths especially Women and Children who are the vulnerable group.
The meeting organised virtually, linked all the NIS and NAPTIP critical formations that are in charge of exit and entry and NAPTIP operational formations across the country.