The Inspector General of Police (IGP) Mohammed Adamu, has called for global collaboration in the fight against human trafficking and migrant smuggling in Nigeria and around the world.
Adamu made the call while declaring open a capacity building training workshop on ‘’Countering Trafficking in Human Beings and Migrant Smuggling in Nigeria’’ organized by the International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL), on Monday in Abuja.
He noted that human trafficking and smuggling of migrants is an organized and transnational crime which requires multi-agency and multinational collaborative approach to effectively combat.
He said: “It is, therefore, my expectation that this forum will provide participants with the platform to create good working relationship that will allow for robust professional synergy and exchange of information which will, ultimately, strengthen coordination among all security agencies and other strategic partners in the fight against this scourge in Nigeria.”
Adamu revealed that Nigeria and indeed the continent of Africa have been experiencing a surge in the menace of trans-border trafficking in persons and smuggling of migrants adding that it has critical national security and developmental implications.
“These illegal activities do not only pose a threat to the victims as individuals but also to the countries involved at both ends. This event could not have come at a better time,” he said.
He added that the capacity training symbolizes the firm commitment of the Nigerian government to galvanise all relevant security agencies and strengthen strategic local and global partnerships towards dissecting, developing strategies, and emplacing sustainable action plans towards addressing the threat.
The IGP further noted that the Nigeria Police is working in collaboration with the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) and the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) in the fight against the menace.
He assured that the Nigeria Police under his leadership shall continue to support the two agencies while strengthening its institutional capacity towards addressing the threat of human trafficking.
He said, “Indeed, beyond this, I will in due course, engage with the Heads of NAPTIP and all other strategic security agencies with mandate for managing human trafficking and migrant smuggling with a view to strengthening inter-agency collaborative efforts and exploring new pathways and that will advance our common drive towards managing this national and global security concern in a coordinated manner.
“In addition, I shall continue to deploy our unique intelligence and operational assets and draw on my strong network with INTERPOL to support this initiative, just as I will also be engaging with international agencies and foreign development partners towards achieving the goals of addressing the transnational crime of human trafficking and migrants smuggling.” Adamu said.