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NAPTIP Partners Judges To Fight Human Trafficking

The National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) has said that sharing experiences and best practices among law enforcement agencies and the judiciary was key to combating crime.
Mrs Beatrice Jedi-Agba, the Director-General of NAPTIP said this on Tuesday in Abuja at a workshop organised for judges on human trafficking.
The workshop was attended by judges drawn from federal and states high courts.
Jedi-Agba said that the workshop was aimed at sharing experiences and information between NAPTIP and the Judiciary to foster the existing relationship in the fight against human trafficking.
“The judiciary is generally referred to, as the hope of the common man and the restorer of societal order and individual human dignity.
“It has a fundamental role to play in the implementation of the Trafficking in Persons (Prohibition) Enforcement and Administration Act.
“You will agree that the effectiveness of any law lies in its applicability, implementation and enforcement mechanisms,’’ she said.
The DG expressed optimism that the existing relationship between the judiciary and NAPTIP would help to tackle human trafficking.
She commended the judges for making out time to “attend to a matter which blights on national life and is an, on-going challenge to humanity’’.
Also speaking at the event, Mrs Corinne Dettmeiger-Vermeulen, the Dutch National Rapporteur on Trafficking in Human Beings and Sexual Violence against Children, said that there was need for adequate prosecution of offenders
“Without proper prosecution of offenders of human trafficking, prevention and protection of victims is useless.”
She underscored the need for stakeholders to partner in the prosecution of human trafficking offenders.
According to her, Nigeria signed and ratified “Palermo protocol’’ in December 13, 2000 and in June 28, 2001.
She said the protocol “provides for the recovery of properties from the trafficker, to redress the injustices suffered by the victims’’.
The programme was in collaboration with the Government of the Netherlands as part of the implementation of a three year mutual Agreement s entered into in December 6, 2011. (NAN)

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