By Wisdom Deji-Folutile
The National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons has sought the partnership of the Nigerian Army to boost its capacity in the fight against human trafficking.
This is according to a statement by the agency’s Head, Press and Public Relations Unit, Mrs Stella Nezan, on Friday in Abuja.
In the statement, the NAPTIP Director-General, Imaan Sulaiman-Ibrahim, was quoted to have made the call when she paid a visit to the Chief of Defence Staff, General Leo Irabor, at the Defence Headquarters.
According to Sulaiman-Ibrahim, partnership with the army in terms of training NAPTIP personnel in relevant tactical areas, joint actions and logistics, will profit the agency in its cause to be more effective against traffickers.
The DG said that the partnership was especially necessary now in wake of the recent uptick in kidnapping cases amidst the insecurity crisis in the country.
In response, the Chief of Defence Staff opined that human trafficking goes hand in hand with other organised crimes and that proper attention needed to be paid to it.
“All efforts must be taken to support NAPTIP, we pledged that the Defence Headquarters would partner with the agency in various areas including training of personnel in relevant tactical areas, joint operations when needed,” Irabor said.
The service chief also assured that the defence headquarters would also support the agency with other logistics support to strengthen NAPTIP in the fight against human trafficking.